Annual Letter 2021
In this year’s Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda reflect on the impact COVID-19 has had on the world and our work, discuss the possibility of emerging from the pandemic in a more equal world, and what needs to be done to prepare for the next pandemic.
Annual Letter 2020
This year's Annual Letter marks the 20th anniversary of the foundation. In that spirit, Bill and Melinda reflect on two decades of impactful work, all the people who make that work possible, and how they are as optimistic as ever about the power of innovation to drive progress.
Annual Letter 2019
In this year’s letter we explore nine surprises that have inspired us to act.
Annual Letter 2018
This is our 10th Annual Letter, and we’re marking the occasion by answering 10 tough questions that people ask us. We will answer them as forthrightly as we can, and we hope that when you’re finished reading, you’ll be just as optimistic as we are.
Annual Letter 2017
Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity. A few months ago, Warren asked us to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world. This is our answer to him.
Annual Letter 2016
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? We were asked that question recently by some high school students in Kentucky....
Trying to keep up with our foundation work and our three children’s schedules, we gave responses that will be immediately familiar to other parents. “More time!” “More energy!”
Annual Letter 2015
Forty years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played. This bet wasn't exactly a wager. It was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software. Some people thought they were nuts. But the bet turned out well.