Melinda Gates is known as the most powerful woman in philanthropy, co-chairing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in another industry that is largely dominated by men. With only 33% of leaders of charitable funds worth $10 billion or more are led by women, Melinda Gates continues to lead by example chairing the foundation for over 15 years.
She and her husband agreed to donate 80% of their multi-billion dollar fortune to the foundation that focuses on improving health care, reducing poverty, and growing educational opportunities around the globe. Today, the endowment is well over $50 billion, with about half of that fund coming from Bill and Melinda’s donations.
She has also quietly entered the venture capital space focussing on investing in female and/or minority focussed venture firms because she, like many of us, are frustrated at the diversity numbers in venture-backed startups. An astounding 3% of VC money goes to female founders with an embarrassing 0.2% going to women of colour. This includes Aspect Ventures, Female Founders, and Defy partners according to Fortune. Melinda Gates is a champion in this field and has put hundreds of millions where her mouth is.
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”
Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.
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