#15 Bill Gates

Bill Gates
  • Sector: Tech/telco
  • Residence: USA

Gates, 59, co-founded Microsoft in 1975. After dropping out of Harvard University, he masterminded Microsoft’s rise to become a giant of PC software. One of the world’s richest men, Gates is also a great philanthropist. The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation supports many initiatives in health and learning and in 2013 had assets of over US$34.6 billion. In 2010, Gates, Warren Buffett, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signed the “Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge” to donate at least half their wealth to charity.