One of the common questions asked by many, be it at a general knowledge quiz or in a business environment is "Who is the richest man in the world?". We all know it is Bill Gates!
Born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, Gates comes from an influential family in the political circles and community service. Being a Harvard dropout, he always believed in achieving his goals through hard work and great perseverance. With his intelligence he went on to form Microsoft with a vision of "A computer on every desk and Microsoft software in every computer".
Most of us know that after stepping down from the position of the CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates is now fully committed to reaching out to the needy and underprivileged and making this world a better place to live in. Let`s take a look at some of his charity works.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has set aside donations to global funds to help fight AIDS, tuberculosis, cancer and many other diseases. As the world reaches a critical point in fighting these diseases, these funds will help in impacting the lives of 60 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV-testing and care services.
Agricultural development is one of the areas where the foundation dedicates its time and helps in reducing hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.
Bill and Melinda Gates' charity work in India started many years back with a purpose of developing a model HIV-prevention program. Since then, their work has expanded to include maternal and child health, nutrition services, vaccines and family planning with control of infectious diseases.
Rotary International has also received support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Rotary International Club is committed to providing education and job training, clean water, combat hunger and eradicate polio.
The foundation is also launching a new grand challenge of putting women and girls at the center of development. This challenge focuses on how to effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls to improve health and development including economic outcomes as well as gender equality.
Here's wishing Bill Gates a very happy birthday who is committed to the idea of a better world.
— Joseph Bhathena