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Foundation Fact Sheet


Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Grantmaking Areas

We also have a small Charitable Sector Support initiative.


  • Headquarters – Seattle, Washington
  • East Coast Office – Washington, D.C.
  • India Office – Delhi, India
  • China Office – Beijing, China
  • Europe and Middle East Office – London, United Kingdom
  • Africa Offices - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Abuja, Nigeria; and Johannesburg, South Africa


Foundation Facts(1)

Current number of foundation employees: 1,376
Foundation Trust Endowment: $39.6 billion (2)
Total grant payments since inception (through Q4 2015): $36.7 billion
Total 2015 Direct Grantee Support: $4.2 billion
Total 2014 Direct Grantee Support: $3.9 billion

Geographic Reach

The foundation supports grantees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Internationally, we support work in more than 100 countries.

Illustrative Grant Commitments

(1) As of December 31, 2015
(2) Annually, the foundation receives an installment of the gift pledged by Warren Buffett. The endowment balance includes these donations, which were received as follows:
August 24, 2006: $1.6 billion
July 11, 2007: $1.76 billion
July 1, 2008: $1.8 billion
July 1, 2009: $1.25 billion
July 1, 2010: $1.6 billion
July 7, 2011: $1.5 billion
July 6, 2012: $1.5 billion
July 8, 2013: $2.0 billion
July 14, 2014: $2.1 billion
July 6, 2015: $2.15 billion

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