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Co-Founder of Microsoft; Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft. As chief software architect and chairman of Microsoft, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. At the Foundation, Gates shapes strategy, advocates for the Foundation’s issues, and helps set the…

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Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft. As chief software architect and chairman of Microsoft, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. At the Foundation, Gates shapes strategy, advocates for the Foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.

Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. In developing countries, the Foundation focuses on improving health and helping people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.

In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Since its inception, the Foundation has given $16.6 billion in grants.

Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people. As of May 2017, Gates is the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$88.5 billion. In 2009, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.

On February 4, 2014, Gates stepped down as chairman of Microsoft to become Technology Advisor alongside Satya Nadella. Since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft, Gates has continued his philanthropy and works on other projects.

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