Berlin Microsoft founder Bill Gates wants to transfer around 20 billion US dollars to his foundation immediately. “I plan to give practically all my assets to the foundation. I will slide down the list of the richest people in the world and eventually disappear altogether, “ the 66-year-old wrote on Twitter.
In his blog, Gates explained that the $ 20 billion is intended to increase the Gates Foundation’s budget to $ 9 billion per year. He founded the foundation with his ex-wife Melinda. “The fact that I am giving this money, I by no means consider it a sacrifice,” Gates wrote. The sum is to be transferred later this month.
Bill Gates, who founded the future IT giant Microsoft together with Paul Allen in 1975, is considered one of the richest people in the world. According to the magazine “Forbes”, the fortune of the 65-year-old is said to be more than 102 billion US dollars (which would currently be about 100 billion euros). This puts him in fifth place on the global super-rich list. He led them for many years.