When it comes to second acts, Bill Gates’ is hard to top. In 2008, he stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, to turn his attention to his family foundation. And in doing so, built another world changer.
The Gates Foundation is now the largest philanthopic organization in the world with a $41.3 billion endowment and nearly $4 billion in annual giving. To put that in perspective, if the Gates Foundation were its own country, it would crack the world’s top 100 GDPs
Each year Bill and his wife Melinda write a letter to explain where they’ve been giving, where they’ll be giving and how others can get on board. And when Bill and Melinda talk, the world’s governments, scientists, non-profits and businesses listen.