Bill Gates gets a knighthood

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Bill Gates gets a knighthood

Antony Savvas

Microsoft’s Bill Gates has been given an honorary knighthood by the queen for his charity work across the Commonwealth and his contribution to employment and technology development in the UK.

The co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chief software architect at Microsoft picked up his gong from Buckingham Palace yesterday.

The foundation has, so far, donated $4.9bn (£2.72bn) to combat diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in Commonwealth countries and other developing nations.

After picking up his knighthood Gates said, "One day all people - no matter where they are born - will have the same opportunity for a healthy life."

He said of Microsoft’s connections to the UK, "The UK was the first country in which Microsoft set up a subsidiary outside the US and our experience in the UK has been significant in shaping our international growth."

Microsoft employs nearly 2,000 people in the UK.


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