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 Twitter page.
His Twitter page for the month so far, June 2015, follows from previous months – a trend following humanitarian issues.
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 Time.)
June 10: We’re giving away $5,000 and a job to make videos for Big History Project. Enter the contest: http://bh-p.co/1QJLAM7
June 10: Passing knowledge btwn generations makes us unique. What do you think it means to be human? http://b-gat.es/1GpLwiY
June 10: Another reason to focus on college completion: low-income students fall behind wealthy ones http://b-gat.es/1BWC7u4
June 9: Free SAT test prep from @khanacademy is another way the Internet is making education more equitable: http://b-gat.es/1IqxywU via @WIRED
June 9: The G7 has been talking about how to prevent the next epidemic. Great to see Ron Klain pushing for bold steps: http://b-gat.es/1Qj5HWs
June 8: Mapping work to fight cholera could help prepare us for the next epidemic: http://b-gat.es/1dHODrT
June 8: Hard to imagine a person better suited than @Chancellor_CCC to help college students succeed: http://b-gat.es/1IdH9XJ
June 6: What many people may not realize–America is facing a shortage of college graduates: http://b-gat.es/1deZKb9
Bill Gates @BillGates Jun 5
Here’s why we’re doubling our commitment to make sure kids in the developing world have enough to eat: http://b-gat.es/1AOFbxb
June 5: Lidia Sanchez was the first in her family to go to college. Here’s her inspiring story: http://b-gat.es/1JqUZrf
Bill Gates @BillGates Jun 4
I spoke with @Chancellor_CCC about how we can fill a job gap of 11 million. Her strategy: http://b-gat.es/1BKBnbk
June 3: Although I dropped out and got lucky, getting a degree is a much surer path to success: http://b-gat.es/1G6em84
June 2: There are 216 million fewer hungry people than in 1990, but progress is uneven: http://b-gat.es/1KzjDo8
June 2: Why didn’t the so-called population bomb ever go off? @NYTimes explains: http://b-gat.es/1AGDAto
His Twitter handle is BillGates. Yes, he is Bill Gates or William Henry Gates III, the man behind Microsoft.
And the man behind ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, the world’s largest charity, with over US$ 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.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/