The foundation was established more than 20 years ago, when Gates was shocked by the newspaper reports about the deaths of thousands of children in Africa.
This divorce From the billionaire co-founder Microsoft Bill Gates With his wife Melinda It was announced on Monday after 27 years of marriage that it raised questions about their immense wealth and the future of one of the world’s largest charitable foundations.
Bill Gates is fourth World ‘s richest man, Whose wealth is approximately $1.3 trillion, According to Forbes. His divorce agreement with Melinda may be the most valuable agreement in the world, and the two of them can each become major donors.
These are about Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationAccording to its website and other sources, it is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The couple said in a statement that they will continue to work together on the foundation.
The foundation was established more than 20 years ago, when Gates was shocked by reports in the newspaper about the deaths of thousands of children. Africa Prevent preventable diseases such as diarrhea or pneumonia.
Today, its mission is to fight diseases such as polio and malaria, and fight poverty and inequality in the world.
In addition to health, it also invests in education, Internet access, and seeks to reform gun control laws in the United States to restrict its sales.
Since 2000, it has invested nearly $55 billion in 135 countries to achieve its goals.Donate some every year $5 billion According to the “New York Times” report.
confrontation coronavirus This is also a priority: since February 2020, the foundation has spent more than $1.75 billion in the fight against Coronavirus diseaseAccording to the organization’s report to the Washington Post.
Money has always been the key to promoting this mechanism Kovacs The organization organized vaccine purchase activities for 92 poor countries in the world and dozens of other countries/regions.
But when it was encouraged last year to encourage the University of Oxford to cooperate exclusively with AstraZeneca to produce vaccines instead of allowing it to enter other laboratories for free, it found itself in dispute.
The foundation also invests in testing coronavirusAccording to the online publication “Inside Philanthropy” (Inside Philanthropy), he was isolated and treated for the disease.
The largest contributor: From 1994 to 2018, Gates contributed more than $36 billion to his foundation, which currently has approximately $50 billion in assets.
Billionaire Warren Buffett also donated billions of dollars in the form of his financial stake in Berkshire Hathaway (Berkshire Hathaway), and promised to save most of it when he died. Donate property to the foundation.
When Gates created “committed toNew York said: “In order to persuade billionaires to donate at least 50% of their wealth to charity, they said they would provide “most” of their assets to their foundation. Most of the funds have not yet been donated. Time.
Today, the “Donation Pledge” has about 200 donors.