Bill Gates

Bill Gates

$106.7B
  • With his wife Melinda, Bill Gates chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charitable foundation.
  • The foundation works to improve global health and to create equal opportunity for people around the globe.
  • Gates has sold or given away much of his stake in Microsoft -- he owns just over 1% of shares -- and invested in a mix of stocks and other assets.
  • He remains a board member of Microsoft, the software firm he founded with Paul Allen (d. 2018) in 1975.
  • In early 2019, Gates responded to the public backlash against billionaires by reiterating his support for a higher estate tax.
  • To date, Gates has donated $35.8 billion worth of Microsoft stock to the Gates Foundation.

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