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 Mark Suzman, under the direction of co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.

Grantmaking areas

We also have a small Charitable Sector Support initiative.



Co-chairs and Board of Trustees

Executive Leadership

Division Leadership

Foundation facts (1)

Current number of foundation employees: 2,026
Total grant payments since inception (through Q4 2023): $77.6 billion (2)
Total 2023 Charitable Support: $7.7 billion (3)
Total 2022 Charitable Support: $7.0 billion (3)
Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates total giving to the foundation from inception through 2023: $59.5 billion
Warren Buffett total giving to the foundation from 2006 through 2023: $39.3 billion
Foundation Trust Endowment as of December 31, 2023: $75.2 billion

(1) As of December 31, 2023. Financial figures are rounded to the nearest hundred million. 2023 figures are unaudited.
(2) Includes grant payments made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and previous foundations of the Gates family (William H. Gates Foundation, Gates Library Foundation, and Gates Learning Foundation) from 1994 onward.
(3) Includes operational expenditures, grant payments and direct charitable contracts, but not program related investments.

Geographic Reach

In 2023 the foundation funded grantees in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Internationally, we funded work in 135 countries.

Board of Trustees and Executive Leadership