Bill Gates

Co-Founder at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Co-Founder at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Overview
Career Highlights

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust
The Giving Pledge
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

RelSci Relationships

7105

Primary Location

Medina, WA

Number of Boards

14

Birthday

10/1956 - Seattle, WA, United States

Age

64

Number of Awards

66

Estimated Net Worth

$86B

Interests

Golf, Tennis, Bridge, Reading

Relationships
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Co-Founder at The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

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Founder at TerraPower LLC

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Founder at Pivotal Ventures

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Chief Operating Officer, Operations at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Partner at Greylock Partners

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President, US Program at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Co-Founder at Facebook, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft Corporation

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Chief Communications Officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Co-Founder at Intentional Software Corp.

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Family Members
Sibling
Vice Chairman at University of Washington

Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the UW is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast. We’re deeply committed to upholding the responsibility that comes with that legacy. And being public has always meant being accessible. Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Being public also means being engaged with our communities, and through knowledge and discovery we are elevating the quality of lives of others.

Spouse
Founder at Pivotal Ventures

Pivotal Ventures is a separate, independent organization to identify, help develop and implement innovative solutions to problems affecting U.S. women and families.

Parent, Deceased
Former President at The King County Bar Association

The King County Bar Association (KCBA) was founded in 1886 and incorporated in 1906 as a voluntary professional association. Today the mission of the King County Bar Association is to provide support to its diverse membership; promote a just, collegial and accessible legal system and profession; work with the judiciary to achieve excellence in the administration of justice; strive to benefit the community through its own efforts and those of its Foundation; and offer opportunities for public service and input into matters of public policy. Governed by a 17-member Board of Trustees, the bar currently has over 5,400 members, a staff of 35 and an annual budget of $3 million. The Executive Director as chief executive officer is responsible for the organization, operation and supervision of Association activities, as guided by policies and goals established by the board.

Step Parent
Former Executive Director at Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum is a nom-profit organization which operates an art museum with global art collections, temporary installations, and exhibitions from around the world. The company was founded by Richard E. Fuller in 1906 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Education
Attendee
Class of 1973

Lakeside School is a coeducational private school for grades 5-12. The company provides an academic program through which educators lead students to take responsibility for learning. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA

Memberships
Member
Current

Yellowstone Mountain Club LLC operates a ski and lodge facility. It provides ski runs, golf courses and other club facilities such as its cafes and restaurants. The company was founded by Edra Blixseth and Timothy Blixseth in 2000 and is headquartered in Big Sky, MT.

Member
Current

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically focuses on billionaires and was made public in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The Huffington Post reported in April 2012 that "81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity". As of July 2013, 113 billionaire individuals and couples and one family group have signed the pledge.

Member
Current

Augusta National, Inc. owns & operates golf club. It organizes and runs the golf Masters Tournament every year in April. The club was founded by Bobby Jones and Scotsman Alister Mackenzie in 1932 and is headquartered in Augusta, GA.

Career History
Co-Founder
2010 - Current

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically focuses on billionaires and was made public in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The Huffington Post reported in April 2012 that "81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity". As of July 2013, 113 billionaire individuals and couples and one family group have signed the pledge.

Co-Founder
2000 - Current

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. The Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And the Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. The approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Current

Cascade Investment invests primarily in fixed-income securities. The firm employs a macroeconomic approach that focuses on interest and inflation rates, market trends and sector growth rates. They utilize a value-oriented equity investment approach that focuses on investments in stocks that are undervalued and under-followed as the result of negative trends in the market. The firm may short position and invests in commodities and private equity.

Boards & Committees
Chairman, Board of Directors
2016 - Current

Breakthrough Energy Ventures Fund seeks investment opportunities in clean energy technologies located in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The fund focuses on companies operating in the field of electricity generation & storage, transportation, industrial system use, agriculture, and energy system efficiency. The fund provides financing for seed, early and later stage capital requirements.

Chairman, Board of Directors
2008 - Current

TerraPower LLC provides nuclear energy technologies. It focuses on improving the design of nuclear reactors and is developing a new class of nuclear reactor called a Traveling-Wave Reactor. The company was founded by William Henry Gates III and Nathan P. Myhrvold in 2008 and is headquartered in Bellevue, WA.

Board Member
Current

Cascade Investment invests primarily in fixed-income securities. The firm employs a macroeconomic approach that focuses on interest and inflation rates, market trends and sector growth rates. They utilize a value-oriented equity investment approach that focuses on investments in stocks that are undervalued and under-followed as the result of negative trends in the market. The firm may short position and invests in commodities and private equity.

Co-Chair, Board of Trustees
Current

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. The Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And the Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. The approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

Trustee
Current

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was formed in 1997 as the William H. Gates Foundation. In 1999, the foundation was renamed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust was created in January 2000 through the merger of the Gates Learning Foundation, which worked to expand access to technology through public libraries and the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on improving global health. The foundation participates in preventive approaches and collaborative endeavors with government, philanthropic and not-for-profit partners. Priority is given to grants that leverage additional support and serve as a catalyst for long-term, systemic change. The foundation also provides funds to promote greater equity in global health, education and public libraries. Through their partnerships in communities across the US, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to raising the high school graduation rate and helping all students, regardless of race or family income. The foundation is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Member, Honorary Council
Current

The Computer History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, oral histories, and moving images. The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours and an award-winning education program.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$50M
2017

Dementia Discovery LP seeks investment opportunities in companies located across the globe. The fund accelerates the discovery and development of new treatments for dementia. It provides financing for early stage equity tickets up to the $50K - $100K.

$50M
2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. The Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. The Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. The United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And the Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. The approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

$500K
2014

TO ADVOCATE FOR SOLUTIONS THAT REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE.

Political Donations
$100
2013

Representative from the 36th Legislative District at Washington House of Representatives

$900
2013

Representative from the 36th Legislative District at Washington House of Representatives

Investments
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Agrofy SAU is an Argentinian company located in Rosario that provides new and used agricultural machinery dealership services. It was founded in 2015 by Alejandro Larosa and Maximiliano Landrein. Alejandro Larosa and Maximiliano Landrein are the current co-CEOs of the firm.

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Kallyope, Inc. engages in developing drugs and consumer products. Its specialties include biotechnology, gut-brain axis, nutrition, and pharmaceuticals. The company was founded by Thomas P. Maniatis, Charles Zuker and Richard Axel in 2014 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Memphis Meats, Inc. engages in the development of technology to produce meat from stem cells of animals. Its products include hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs. The company was founded by Uma Valeti, Nicholas Genovese, and Will Clem in 2015 and is headquartered in San Leandro, CA.

Public Holdings
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Advisors
Advisor

Co-Founder at Cambridge in America

Advisor

Co-Founder at I(X) Investments LLC

Advisor

Co-Founder at Polyverse Corp.

Awards & Honors
Rank #2
2020
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Rank #2
2018
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Rank #2
2018
Forbes Magazine - 400 Richest People in America
Creative Works
Author
1999

Business @ the Speed of Thought

Author
1995

The Road Ahead

Actor/Actress
2010

Waiting for "Superman"

Events
Speaker
2018 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Speaker
Switzerland
2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 continues the mission of the World Economic Forum. It is committed to improving the state of the world and has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme. The Annual Meeting remains the foremost creative force for engaging leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.

Speaker
Los Angeles, CA, United States
2013 Milken Institute Global Conference

Through a unique international agenda and some of the smartest speakers on the planet, the Milken Institute Global Conference tackles the world’s most difficult challenges in an array of fields - from finance and philanthropy, to the environment and education, to government and health.

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