Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), a merging of the William H. Gates Foundation and the Gates Learning Foundation, is an American private foundation founded by Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates. Based in Seattle, Washington, it was launched in 2000 and is reported as of 2020 to be the second largest charitable foundation in the world,

Abbreviation BMGF
Formation 2000
  • Bill Gates
  • Melinda French Gates
Type Non-operating private foundation
Legal status 501(c)(3) organization
Purpose Healthcare, education, fighting poverty
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates 47°37′25″N 122°20′44″W
Area served
Method Donations, grants
Key people
  • Bill Gates (co-founder)
  • Melinda French Gates (co-chair)
  • Mark Suzman (CEO)
Endowment $49.8 billion (2019)
1,736 (2023)
Formerly called
William H. Gates Foundation, Gates Learning Foundation

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