Having realized their business vision, which indeed also was a social vision, Melinda and Bill Gates turned their fortune into an instrument for the improvement of livelihoods of the world’s poorest. They together created together Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which over the last 15 years has become the largest private donor in the pursuit of eradicating poverty and improving health in the developing world. Melinda and Bill Gates personify in their careers principled pragmatism. Bill and Melinda Gates live in Medina, Washington, near Seattle. They have three children. For more information www.gatesfoundation.org
The award ceremony took place on 6 August 2012, in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the on demand session with Melinda Gates
The award ceremony was followed by a panel conversation on Africa’s future with Erika Bjerström (Foreign Correspondent, Swedish Television), Melinda Gates (Co-Founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Koosum Kalyan (Chair, Thabo Mbeki Foundation, South Africa and Board Member, Tällberg Foundation), Johan Rockström (Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Center and Board Member, Tällberg Foundation) and Hans Rosling (Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet and Director, Gapminder Foundation).