Bill Gates and his foundation are offering solutions to problems where markets and governments under-invest.
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Biography: Bill Gates

Offering solutions to problems
where markets and governments under-invest
Bill Gates and his foundation are offering solutions to problems where markets and governments under-invest.
These days Bill Gates focuses most of his time on the work he and wife Melinda are doing through their foundation.

Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, with an amazing and supportive family who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age.

He dropped out of college to start Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. He married Melinda French in 1994 and they have three children.

Today, Bill and Melinda Gates co-chair the charitable foundation bearing their names and are working together to give their wealth back to society.

Bill grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His dad, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney and one of the co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.

When Bill and Paul Allen started Microsoft, their vision of “a computer on every desktop and in every home” seemed far-fetched to most people.

“When Melinda and I feel overwhelmed by negative headlines, we remind ourselves of all the people devoting their ideas, their resources, and even their lives to making the world a better place.”
“When Melinda and I feel overwhelmed by negative headlines, we remind ourselves of all the people devoting their ideas, their resources, and even their lives to making the world a better place.”

Today, thanks to Microsoft and many other companies, that vision is a reality in many parts of the world, and personal technology is an integral part of society.

Bill is passionate about Microsoft’s work and will always be involved with the company, including his present role as a member of the board and technology advisor.

Bill is gratified to know that the foundation and its many partners are helping people all over the world live healthier, more productive lives.

In addition to the foundation’s work, Bill has separately taken on some projects to address issues that interest him personally, such as delivering clean energy to everyone who needs it.

In all his work—with the foundation and otherwise—he’s focused on what he calls catalytic philanthropy: investments in innovations that will improve life for the poorest.

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