Most of us know Bill Gates for his immense contributions to the field of technology for the founding of Microsoft and his status as one of the richest people in the world. On wealth, Gates famously said, “I can understand wanting a million dollars… but once you get beyond that, I have to tell you, its the same hamburger.”
Bill and his wife Melinda have donated close to $35 Billion to philanthropic causes, including to the eradication of diseases such as Polio and Malaria.
Launched in 2000, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Health Workforce Alliance, focusing on 50 diseases including AIDS, Rotavirus and Tuberculosis.
The foundation operates in every continent on the planet and works with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in five program areas: Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth and Opportunity, Global Policy and Advocacy and finally, the US Program, whose primary focus is on ensuring that all students graduate from high school and have an opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree with labour-market value.
Through the organisation, Gates supports more than a hundred research projects and welfare networks.
Other than directly funding healthcare research, the foundation spends millions on healthcare policy research and advocacy, making Bill Gates a major influencer in the global healthcare network.
Together with fellow billionaire and philanthropic shaker, Warren Buffet, Gates set up The Giving Pledge, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their fortunes to charitable causes