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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Foundation Fact Sheet

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Grantmaking Areas

We also have a small Charitable Sector Support initiative.


  • Headquarters – Seattle, Washington
  • East Coast Office – Washington, D.C.
  • Avahan Initiative – Delhi, India
  • China Office – Beijing, China
  • Europe Office – London, United Kingdom



Number of employees: 1,058(1)
Asset trust endowment: $36.2 billion(3)(1)
Total grants paid since inception: $25.0 billion(2)
Total 2010 grant payments: $2.6 billion(4)
Total 2011 grant payments: $3.4 billion(5)

Geographic Reach

The foundation supports grantees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Internationally, we support work in more than 100 countries.

Illustrative Grant Commitments




Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2013) Facts sheet. Retrieved January 25, 2013 from