Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he supports New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to ban large sugary drinks, calling it “a good thing” that should be tried in other localities.
“The fact that it was done in New York and now we’ll get to see the effects, I think that’s a good thing,” Gates said at Politico’s Playbook Cocktails event on Wednesday.
“So, you think it should be upheld in New York and you think it should be tried in other localities,” Politico’s Mike Allen asked Gates, the wealthiest man in America.
“Yeah,” Gates responded. “I don’t understand the judicial principle of the rights to 16 ounce Coke’s that struck it down, but I guess to a degree that ‘nanny state’ type things actually make sense, it will be an interesting trade off of will the U.S. be as willing as other countries to try and put things on the right trajectory.”
Bloomberg has vowed to fight New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling’s decision to throw out the drink ban.