Bill Gates

2023 Visionary Philanthropy Award Recipient

Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Founder, Breakthrough Energy

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy. He also co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. As co-chair of the Gates Foundation, he has spent more than 20 years working on global health and development issues, including pandemic prevention; disease eradication; maternal, newborn and child health; agricultural development and water, sanitation and hygiene, among others. Through his private office, Gates Ventures, he focuses on Alzheimer’s research and other healthcare issues, interdisciplinary education, and technology. At Breakthrough Energy, he is putting his experience as an innovator and problem-solver to work to address climate change by supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, big thinkers, and clean technologies. In 2010, he, Melinda French Gates, and Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes.