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.
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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.