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This essay examines the power of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, hereafter ‘the foundation’. Following this introduction, the foundation is briefly described. Section three then outlines Doris Fuchs’ typology of power and provides evidence for the foundation’s projection of power in each of Fuchs’ power types. The foundation’s discursive power is particularly strong, and relies upon legitimacy among the public and in the field. Section four raises some of the ways that this legitimacy might be weakened. The essay concludes by reiterating the need for close scrutiny of the foundation, and a call for further research.