In a game of word association, most people on hearing the name Bill Gates would immediately say Microsoft.
Yet with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation having
already given away a staggering £20bn since its 2000 foundation, it’s a safe bet that
in a couple of decades' time, the charity will be more
famous than the tech giant he co-founded.
It’s already the biggest private foundation in the world, and arguably the most powerful. Since billionaire investor Warren Buffett pledged in 2006 to give the foundation most of his fortune, its firepower has almost doubled.
Gates, who has pledged to give away 95 per cent of his wealth, has taken on the charitable sector with the same kind of zeal with which he devised the Microsoft mission to get a PC in every home and business.
Read more on our Gates Foundation page