Odds are, you and Bill Gates don’t have the same idea of what constitutes charity. No, not just in terms of the obvious discrepancy in your respective means. But in how you define charity. To most of us, it’s about the simple act of giving. Gates, however, believes in philanthrocapitalism. Not so much giving but rather investing in businesses that can have a social impact. Hopefully, a sustainable one. And as a self-described impatient optimist, he wants this change fast.

Little wonder then that the charitable foundation he started along with his wife—the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)—seeks to create massive impact in the shortest possible time.


Ranjan Crasta

A huge fan of the Oxford comma, Ranjan joined The Ken's edit desk after five years in the badlands of digital journalism. Now, his life's mission is to bring story-telling and accessibility to business journalism. Well, that and foisting cat adoptions on unsuspecting passers by.

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