Mr. William H. Gates, III, is Co-Chairman & Trustee at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Cascade Investment LLC, Chairman at Corbis Corp., at Corbis Images LLC and at TerraPower LLC.
He is on the Board of Directors at Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. At Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he shapes and approves grant making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.
In 1975, Mr. Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend. As chief software architect and chairman, he led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Mr. Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects.
He also founded Corbis, which is developing a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. Mr. Gates was previously employed as Founder by Shop.com, Trustee, Officer & Volunteer by Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and President by The King County Bar Association.
He also served on the board at ICOS Corp. and Kymeta Corp.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.