Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is best known for being a co-founder for Microsoft along with Paul Allen in 1975. Microsoft is currently the world’s largest PC software company and Gates has been instrumental in getting it to this point. During his time with Microsoft, Gates has held positions of Chairman, CEO and Chief Software Architect. In June of 2008, Gates put in his last full-time day of work for Microsoft as he transitioned to working full-time with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He’s now a Technology Advisor with Microsoft while also holding the title of Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CEO of Cascade Investment and Chair of Corbis.

Gates accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed. In 1987, Bill was included in Forbes list of the world’s most wealthy people. On and off, Gates has been listed as the wealthiest man in the world since 1995 with a permanent stint from 2009 to 2014. Today he is second to Carlos Slim. Gates has also authored and co-authored a few books including The Road Ahead and Business @ the Speed of Thought.

In 1994, Bill Gates sold a portion of his Microsoft stock in order to start the “William H. Gates Foundation.” However in 2000, Gates and his wife Melinda joined their three family foundations to form “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” With assets worth over $34.6 billion, the foundation was recognized as the world’s wealthiest charitable organization in 2013. The foundation is transparent allowing benefactors to see where their money goes and how it is utilized, something that not every charitable organization takes part in. Some of the foundations recent work includes a $500,000 grant to Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Mechanization Directorate, an $852,883 grant to Rommelag for vaccine development and a $451,117 grant to Mercy Corps to support critical needs of those affected by crisis in Yemen.

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