Yeah, I’ve renamed the world’s biggest philanthropy. It will probably take a while for Bill and Melinda to accept the change, but I can wait.
I’m renaming the Seattle philanthropy because it appears to many that Melinda is increasingly acting as the driving force at the foundation. Certainly, insofar as building the new headquarters, Gates humorously confirmed that Melinda was in charge. Here’s my phone video of part of his remarks:
Melinda Gates described the work of the foundation, how the design of the new complex is meant to send a message of reaching out, openness: “I hope this really opens up the foundation … to help people understand what we do.”
So we’ll see if my prediction pans out, that Melinda will increasingly be seen as the agenda-setter and prime mover of the Gates family’s global philanthropic missions.
There have been lots of stories about the grand opening of the Gates Foundation headquarters. I won’t repeat everything said except to note a few more good overview stories:
Foege’s title at the Gates Foundation is “senior fellow.” But that doesn’t really tell you much, except to imply he’s old. It certainly doesn’t tell you how tall he is. He’s a very tall senior fellow.
Bill Gates and Bill Foege, at new campus
I don’t think I was supposed to be at this gathering. Bill Gates didn’t seem to want to talk to me. And everybody kept asking me what I was doing there, since the event at the new campus was supposed to be a reception for staff and their guests. So how’d I get past security? Continue reading →