Bill Gates

Bill Gates is is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company and heads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports initiatives in education, world health and population, and community giving in the Pacific Northwest.

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Bill Gates: ‘India’s finally polio-free. Here’s why it matters.’

Bill Gates: ‘India’s finally polio-free. Here’s why it matters.’

This guest post is by Bill Gates and was originally published on the Impatient Optimists blog. As of today, India has gone three years without a single case of wild poliovirus, which means it’s now officially “polio-free.” India’s achievement is one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health, ever. Five......
My Annual Letter: How we measure impact to improve lives

My Annual Letter: How we measure impact to improve lives

Today I am launching my Annual Letter. This year, I concentrate on the power of clear goals and accurate measurement–simple concepts really–to improve the lives of the poorest people around the globe. It may not be the sexiest of themes, but the proof of its impact is undeniable. The lives of the poorest have improved mo......
Europe Day 1: With Bono, defending aid

Europe Day 1: With Bono, defending aid

Bill Gates was in Europe for stops in London and Paris. He’s traveling part of the time with Bono to meet with government leaders and policy makers of countries that are key contributors to global health and development work. This piece was originally published on the Gates Notes blog. I spent Wednesday in Paris, talkin......
My 2012 annual letter

My 2012 annual letter

In this guest post, Bill Gates discusses the themes of his annual letter, which looks back on progress made and lessons learned in the fight against extreme poverty. Originally published on Impatient Optimists, blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. My job is to learn about global health and development — and to t......
A call to action on World Polio Day

A call to action on World Polio Day

World Polio Day is simultaneously a celebration and a call to action. It’s a celebration because in the past 20 years, polio cases are down 99 percent, thanks to one of the most ambitious global health campaigns in history. Through a vast partnership, we’ve delivered polio drops to children in impossible circumstances—i......

VIDEO: The miracle of vaccines, explained with animation

This post was adapted from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s blog, Foundation Notes. My third annual letter came out recently. One of the major themes of the letter is the miracle of vaccines. Last year, Melinda and I announced that we were working together with partners to make this the Decade of Vaccines, and&he......

Real Lives. Real Progress.

Cross-posted from the Gates Foundation’s Foundation Notes blog: Melinda and I are heading to London in a couple of days to thank the UK for its history of generosity and remarkable commitment to foreign aid. We want to share the proof that investments in global health and development are saving lives, improving livelihoods,......
Building on Success: A Roadmap for HIV Prevention

Building on Success: A Roadmap for HIV Prevention

I’m honored to speak at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna today. This conference marks an important turning point in the fight against AIDS. There are good reasons to be hopeful – we have seen amazing progress. The number of people getting treatment for AIDS has increased twelve-fold since 2003. The people......