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William Henry GATES III

Primary Position:
Primary Company:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $92.3 billion
Source of Wealth:
28 October 1955
United States
Seattle, Washington, United States
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William Gates is a Harvard dropout who started programming computers at the age of 13. Started Microsoft in 1975, along with his childhood friend, Paul Allen. Struck a deal to install Microsoft Disk Operating System in IBM computers, followed by several new software developments that led to the growth of the company. The company was incorporated in 1981 and went public in 1986. Gates served as the CEO of Microsoft from 1981 to 2000 and also as Chief Software Architect of Microsoft. Founded Corbis in 1989, under ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Harvard University
Qualification Name:
Dropped Out
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Interesting Facts

Gates holds an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Art
Description: Gates appears to have a passion for art. Owns an art collection including works by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer and Childe Hassam. Especially interested in impressionism and American art.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Firearms - Gun Rights
Description: In August 2014, Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, donated $1 million to Initiative 594 campaign, which requires background checks on gun sales and transfers across the state of Washington.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Science - Medicine
Description: In March 2015, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates reportedly invested $53 million in German biotechnology company CureVac to support the development of its technology and the construction of a production facility. The foundation and CureVac would collaborate to develop vaccines to fight infectious disease.

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Giving Profile: Gates founded the William H. Gates Foundation in 1994; three years later, Gates and his wife, Melinda, created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the U.S. It was renamed the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 and in 2000 the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012, the foundation had assets exceeding $37 billion and donated more than $3.1 billion; gives primarily to agricultural development, emergency relief, financial services for the poor, global libraries, urban poverty, water, sanitation, hygiene, global health and educational causes. Recipients include GAVI Alliance, World Health Organization, The Rotary Foundation, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Nasscom Foundation and Malaria and the UNICEF. He is also a Co-Founder, CEO and Trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. In 2012, the foundation had assets exceeding $36 billion and donated more than $1.5 billion; gives primarily to health, community development and educational causes. Recipients include the United Negro College Fund, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Gates Cambridge Scholarships, Johns Hopkins University, the Children's Hospital Foundation and the Washington Education Foundation. In 1995, Microsoft started the "Libraries Online" initiative, a joint venture with the American Library Program. Through the initiative, Microsoft reportedly donated software and $17 million to more than 200 U.S. libraries. In October 2014, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged $50 million to the fight against Ebola in west Africa including the zones of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The money would support research and fund Ebola care efforts that are both private and public. In October 2014, Bill Gates reportedly announced to donate over $500 million through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in the developing world, which includes over $150 million to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to advance development of next-generation malaria vaccines, $29 million to the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support malaria elimination efforts in Southern Africa and the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia. He also announced that the foundation has boosted its annual funding for malaria by 30%. In November 2014, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged an additional $5.7 million to fight the Ebola epidemic. The foundation aims to scale up production of the treatments for the blood-based therapies and antiviral treatments project in Guinea and other Ebola-affected countries in Africa. In November 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reportedly announced that all the research funded by them would be accessible by everyone for free under their new open access policy. The policy was reported to take effect from January 2017. In May 2015, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $75 million to set up disease surveillance initiative, called "Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (Champs)," to investigate childhood deaths in developing countries. In January 2016, Gates along with Aliko Dangote, Nigerian Entrepreneur and Founder of industrial conglomerate Dangote Group, pledged to donate $100 million to help eradicate malnutrition in Nigeria. In February 2016, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Dangote Foundation pledged to donate $42 million to eradicate polio in Nigeria by 2018. In May 2016, the foundation pledged $38 million grant to Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda Pharmaceuticals to manufacture a low-cost polio vaccine for use in developing countries. In the same month, the foundation pledged $80 million over three years to close gender data gaps and advance opportunities for girls and women around the world.

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