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Here’s what the world’s second wealthiest person is binge-watching

Bill Gates may be busy with the fight against the coronavirus, but he said on Monday that people have still been asking him what he’s reading and watching to either learn more about pandemics or find a distraction. He’s addressed both on his list of summer book recommendations that includes the 2004 fantasy novel “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell and Disney Chairman Bob Iger’s “The Ride of a Lifetime.”

Bill Gates (Photo: CNBC)

“Whether you’re looking for business insights or just an entertaining read, I think anyone would enjoy his stories about overseeing Disney during one of the most transformative times in its history,” Gates wrote about the 2019 memoir. “Iger does a terrific job explaining what it’s really like to be the CEO of a large company.”

Also making Gates’ 2020 list include Dr Edith Eva Eger’s “The Choice,” John M. Barry’s “The Great Influenza,” and “Good Economics for Hard Times” by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, who shared the Nobel prize in economics last year.

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If you’d rather tune into Netflix, Gates suggested “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak,” stating that the series “gives you a sense of the inspiring work that heroic doctors, researchers, and aid workers are doing to prevent the very thing we’re all going through right now.”

Gates said he and his wife Melinda are also keeping up with “A Million Little Things,” “This Is Us,” and “Ozark,” and he’s also finding time to play bridge with Warren Buffett.

“We don’t get together in person now that we’re sheltering in place, but we still play online,” Gates said, adding you might find them on the online platform Bridge Base.