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Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Philanthropist, Chairman, Microsoft

Bill Gates is a philanthropist and a cofounder of Microsoft. He is a co-chair, along with his wife, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is dedicated to finding solutions for global health crises (namely polio), poverty and hunger, and improving education in the U.S., among other charitable causes.

In the long run, your human capital is your main base of competition. Your leading indicator of where you're going to be 20 years from now is how well you're doing in your education system.