Bill Gates made 2022′s biggest charitable donationDecember 30, 2022 GMT
The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual list of the 10 largest charitable gifts announced by individuals or their foundations totaled nearly $9.3 billion in 2022. The contributions went to large, well-established institutions, three of them private foundations and three universities to support environmental sustainability, children’s mental health, and stem-cell research.
Gates Foundation pledges $1.2B to eradicate polio globallyOctober 16, 2022 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it will commit $1.2 billion to the effort to end polio worldwide.
The money will be used to help implement the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's strategy through 2026.
Bill Gates: Technological innovation would help solve hungerSeptember 13, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates says the global hunger crisis is so immense that food aid cannot fully address the problem. What’s also needed, Gates argues, are the kinds of innovations in farming technology that he has long funded to try to reverse the crisis documented in a report released Tuesday by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global healthAugust 16, 2022 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bill Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic.
WHO moves to roll out first malaria vaccine in AfricaJuly 21, 2022 GMT
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — As the World Health Organization announces the next step in its rollout of the world’s first authorized malaria vaccine in three African countries, concerns about its value have come from an unlikely source: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, arguably the vaccine’s biggest backer.
Bill Gates gives $20 billion to stem ‘significant suffering’July 13, 2022 GMT
Bill Gates, concerned about the “significant suffering” caused by global setbacks including the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Wednesday that he will donate $20 billion to his foundation so it can increase its annual spending.
Gates Foundation, women’s tennis partnering on health issuesJuly 8, 2022 GMT
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All sorts of requests reach the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, via all sorts of methods, but rarely does a meaningful entreaty come via LinkedIn message.
Bill Gates says he has COVID, experiencing mild symptomsMay 11, 2022 GMT
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.
Via Twitter, the billionaire philanthropist said he will isolate until he is again healthy.
Gates Foundation expands board following Bill, Melinda splitJanuary 26, 2022 GMT
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will add four members to its board of trustees, a first for the Seattle-based philanthropic giant whose decision making has been guided by very few hands since its incorporation in 2000.
Gates Foundation to spend $120M on access for COVID-19 pillOctober 20, 2021 GMT
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it will spend $120 million to boost access to generic versions of drugmaker Merck’s antiviral COVID-19 pill for lower income countries, if the drug gets approved by regulators.
Philanthropies pledge billions during UN meetingSeptember 23, 2021 GMT
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans Thursday to spend more than $900 million over the next five years to curb global malnutrition, a move to stem the rise in world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates finalize their divorceAugust 3, 2021 GMT
SEATTLE (AP) — The divorce of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates has been finalized.
The Microsoft co-founder and his wife announced in May they were ending their 27-year marriage and on Monday a King County Superior Court judge signed the dissolution decree.
Human rights giving hits $3.7B record, but some regions lagJuly 21, 2021 GMT
Philanthropic funding to promote human rights globally reached a record $3.7 billion in 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. However, nearly half the donations came from 12 foundations, showing funding dependent on only a handful of donors, including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Ford Foundation.
Gates Foundation sets 2-year, post-divorce power share trialJuly 7, 2021 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates will continue to work together as co-chairs of their foundation even after their planned divorce. However, if after two years Gates and French Gates decide they cannot continue in their roles, French Gates will resign her positions as co-chair and trustee, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday.
$40B pledged for gender equality, with $2B from Gates groupJuly 1, 2021 GMT
The U.N.-sponsored global gathering to promote gender equality generated about $40 billion in pledges Wednesday to help women and girls achieve that goal, partly fueled by a significant $2.1 billion contribution from Bill and Melinda Gates’ namesake foundation.
Warren Buffett resigns from Gates FoundationJune 23, 2021 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Buffett resigned Wednesday as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which says it will announce plans in July to answer questions raised about its leadership structure as it deals with the divorce of its two founders.
Bill and Melinda Gates divorce could shake up philanthropyMay 4, 2021 GMT
As much as Bill and Melinda Gates might want to keep their pending divorce private, the split between the billionaire co-founders of the world’s largest private foundation is sure to have very public consequences, with the breakup having already sent a wave of anxious uncertainty through the worlds of philanthropy and community health...
Bill, Melinda Gates unfazed by criticism of wealthy givingFebruary 12, 2019 GMT
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good...
AP Exclusive: Billionaires fuel US charter schools movementJuly 16, 2018 GMT
SEATTLE (AP) — Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates...
AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policyMay 16, 2018 GMT
SEATTLE (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms...
Experts hope mosquito-borne bacteria can beat the Zika virusOctober 26, 2016 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Researchers are trying to infect mosquitoes in Brazil and Colombia with a type of bacteria that could prevent them from spreading the Zika virus and other dangerous diseases...