Bill & Melinda Gates

Melinda and Bill Gates are the 2012 recipients of the Tällberg Foundation Leadership Award for Principled Pragmatism.

Bill & Melinda Gates 2012The motivation of the Jury: “Melinda and Bill Gates have over their lives and careers been a consistent entrepreneurs and change-makers in the deepest sense of the word.”

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).