Bill Gates Notes

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A passionate tech visionary, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he's doing it again through his global philanthropic work that strives to reduce inequity everywhere.

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Bill Gates speaks about his life-or-death mission to get better sanitation to the developing world. Also, his sisters share their childhood memories. The connections that shaped Bill's life come into focus, including a childhood friendship and his unique bond with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Deactivating your account will unsubscribe you from Gates Notes emails, and will remove your profile and account information from public view on the Gates Notes. Please allow for 24 hours for the deactivation to fully process. You can sign back in at any time to reactivate your account and restore its content.

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Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1975, he founded Microsoft with Paul Allen. A geek icon, tech visionary and business trailblazer, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. His new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, lays out the investments and innovations needed to reduce dangerous carbon emissions and secure an inhabitable future.

In 2008, Gates transitioned from his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus full-time on his foundation's work to expand opportunity to the world's most disadvantaged people. Holding that all lives have equal value no matter where they're being lived, the foundation has donated staggering sums to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, agriculture research and disaster relief -- and offered vital guidance and critical funding to programs in global health and education.

Together with Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations either during their lifetime or in their will. In 2015, Gates created the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of individuals and entities committed to clean energy innovation, followed by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund that provides patient capital to support cutting-edge clean energy companies.

Follow Gates's ongoing thinking on his personal website, The Gates Notes, and read a collection of Bill and Melinda Gates's annual letters, where they take stock of the Gates Foundation and the world.

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