He is the richest man in the
world. His wealth is over US$ 80 billion.
He describes himself as 'sharing
things I'm learning through my foundation work and other interests...' on his
His Twitter page for the month so
far, June 2015, follows from previous months - a trend following humanitarian
The feed, like it has been doing,
talks about issues like education, environment, health, hunger, unemployment
and malnutrition - issues affecting the populations worldwide.
The Twitter feed goes like:
(Dates are as per Indian Standard
June 10: We're giving away $5,000
and a job to make videos for Big History Project. Enter the contest:
June 10: Passing knowledge btwn
generations makes us unique. What do you think it means to be human?
June 10: Another reason to focus
on college completion: low-income students fall behind wealthy ones
June 9: Free SAT test prep from @khanacademy
is another way the Internet is making education more equitable:
http://b-gat.es/1IqxywU via @WIRED
June 9: The G7 has been talking
about how to prevent the next epidemic. Great to see Ron Klain pushing for bold
June 8: Mapping work to fight
cholera could help prepare us for the next epidemic:
June 8: Hard to imagine a person
better suited than @Chancellor_CCC to help college students succeed:
June 6: What many people may not
realize–America is facing a shortage of college graduates:
Bill Gates @BillGates Jun 5
Here’s why we’re doubling our
commitment to make sure kids in the developing world have enough to eat:
June 5: Lidia Sanchez was the
first in her family to go to college. Here’s her inspiring story:
Bill Gates @BillGates Jun 4
I spoke with @Chancellor_CCC
about how we can fill a job gap of 11 million. Her strategy: http://b-gat.es/1BKBnbk
June 3: Although I dropped out
and got lucky, getting a degree is a much surer path to success:
June 2: There are 216 million
fewer hungry people than in 1990, but progress is uneven:
June 2: Why didn’t the so-called
population bomb ever go off? @NYTimes explains: http://b-gat.es/1AGDAto
His Twitter handle is BillGates.
Yes, he is Bill Gates or William Henry Gates III, the man behind Microsoft.
And the man behind 'Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation', the world's largest charity, with over US$ 42
billion in assets, much more than the total personal wealth of India's richest
person Mukesh Ambani.
Well, my intention is not
profiling him here. I am not going to talk about his business and his strategy
around it. The world knows about it.
What caught my attention was his
Twitter heed, words of compassion and outreach by the world's most well known
philanthropist in my part of the world. And he intends to donate 95% of his
wealth to charitable purposes. Well, we can imagine the scale then.
And with a person like him, we
have reasons to believe in the mechanism to ensure delivery and transparency.
Sometimes, we do certain things
in our random movements, like I caught up with his Twitter feed today. I follow
him but before it, I had never looked at his feed in retrospective. Today, I
had a comprehensive look. And I felt good in reading all that I could read.
Yes, it was not a chance
discovery and I knew the philanthropist Bill Gates - 'as the world knows him'. But
it made for a good reading today.