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As Union minister Smriti Irani glided up the escalator with Micro­soft co-founder and one of the world’s biggest philanthropists, Bill Gates, she must have ruminated on a curious coincidence. “Soch rahe hain padhai puri kari nahi, aage kya karein,” she later tweeted. The occasion was the launch of the Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh, a reposi­-tory of diverse crops with an aim to reduce malnutrition.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chairman Bill Gates with NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar releases NITI Aayog's Working paper on 'Health System for a New India: Building Blocks', in New Delhi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates during a meeting in New Delhi

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flanked by Microsoft's Co-founder Bill Gates and state's Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi launches the book 'Routine Immunization', in Patna

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From left to right, U2 singer Bono, Philanthropist and Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates and France's President Emmanuel Macron congratulate each other on stage during the Global Fund to Fight AIDS event at the Lyon's congress hall, central France. French President Emmanuel Macron said the conference of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria raised at least $13.92 billion for the next three years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Co-founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, in New York city.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving the Goalkeepers Global Goals Award 2019 conferred by Gates Foundation, in New York, USA.

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Bill Gates, chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gestures during a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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In this file picture DMK chief M Karunanidhi is seen with Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

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Businessman Bill Gates attends the Malaria Summit, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in London.

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Bill Gates, foreground, and his partner Roger Federer, of Switzerland, walk onto the court before playing in an exhibition tennis match against Jack Sock and Savannah Guthrie in San Jose, California.

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Bill Gates, left, smiles as he talks with partner Roger Federer, of Switzerland, as they play an exhibition tennis match against Jack Sock and Savannah Guthrie in San Jose, California.

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, center, Sir Richard Branson, right, and special envoy to the U.N. for climate change Michael Bloomberg, second right, arrive for a meeting of philanthropists funding climate projects as part of the Climate Summit, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates with Chief Minister N.Chandra babu Naidu visit the Exhibitions stalls in AP AgTech Summit in Andhra Pradesh.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in Lucknow.

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Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, right, speaks to Microsoft co-founder and director at Berkshire Hathaway, Bill Gates, as they appear to speak on the Fox Business Network with Liz Claman, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, right, and his wife Melinda after being awarded the Legion of Honour at the Elysee Palace in Paris. French President Francois Hollande presented Bill and Melinda Gates with the joint award for their philanthropic activities, notably the Microsoft founder's efforts to improve public health and encourage development in poor countries.

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President Barack Obama, accompanied by Melinda Gates, left, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bill Gates, center, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 21 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry, sports legends, activists and innovators.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar presenting a memento to Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at a meeting in Patna, Bihar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at a meeting in New Delhi.

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$34 BN Charity What is one couple doing with that much money, a small percentage of their indecent profits?

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School children carry masks displaying the portrait of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates at a school in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates, arrives at the Birsa Munda International Airport at Hinoo in Ranchi.

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The Chairman, BMGF Foundation, Bill Gates along with Melinda Gates calls on the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, in New Delhi.

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Bill Gates calling on the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.

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Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari with Bill Gates and Melinda Gates at his residence before a meeting in New Delhi.

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The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Arun Jaitley meeting Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, in New Delhi.

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India-born Satya Nadella is named the new CEO of 78 billion USD tech giant Microsoft. He attributed his leadership capabilities to playing cricket. Here he is with Bill Gates - Founder & Technology Advisor, Steve Ballmer - Former Chief Executive Officer and John W. Thompson - Chairman

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with Bill and Melinda Gates, at U.N. Headquarters during the 68th session of UN General Assembly.

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Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, center, arrives for a meeting with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, in New Delhi.

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A big deal: (L-R) Sharon Osberg, Warren Buffett, a Berkshire shareholder and Bill Gates playing bridge at Borsheims, a day after the Berkshire annual shareholders meeting

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Sharon Stone, from left, Bill Gates and Anderson Cooper attend the "Together to End AIDS" amfAR benefit on in Washington. Bill Gates was honored with amfAR's Award of Courage.

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Foreign Minister S.M.Krishna, right, welcomes Microsoft founder Bill Gates before their meeting in New Delhi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav with Microsoft founder Bill Gates at his residence in Lucknow.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates puts on a green t-shirt with the words "Say No to Involuntary Smoking" during a press conference to promote public health and a smoke free environment in Beijing, China.

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German President Christian Wulff, right, and his wife Bettina Wulff, left, pose with founder of the Microsoft Company Bill Gates, center, and representatives of the youth ambassador organisation "One" in front of the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany.

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Into a Billion Drops Not a few lives are touched by the munificence of the world’s top philanthropists—Bill and Melinda Gates. Here they dangle a child of the Mushar community at Jamsot village, near Patna.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a briefing hosted by the Ministry of Science & Technology on "Maximizing India’s Capacity : Creating an Ecosystem of Innovation and Research to address Public Health concerns" in New Delhi. Pawan Bansal, Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Parliamentary Affairs is also seen.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shakes hands with Melinda Gates as her husband and Microsoft founder Bill Gates looks on during a press conference in Patna.

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Microsoft Corp. founder and philanthropist Bill Gates (right) and Melinda Gates attend to a child as they meet with members of the Mushar community at Jamsot Village near Patna.

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Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reviewing the philanthropic works, being carried out by their Foundation, at Jamsaut village in Danapur sub-division.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates meeting Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi.

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Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a news conference in New York. Gates was there with partners to announce their push to eradicate polio.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In a nod to the post-crisis atmosphere, the World Economic Forum shifted its attention to austerity measures and priorities for improving the economy.

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates arrives at the airport at Patna, Bihar.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar presenting a bouquet to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates during his visit to Patna.

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Bill Gates speaks with a villager in Aulali, Khagaria district of Bihar, before heading to Guleria. Gates, whose philanthropic foundation has committed nearly $1 billion for health and development projects in India, travelled to Guleria, a remote village to see the progress of the Indian government's campaign to eradicate polio.

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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates during their visit to a village in Amethi.

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Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at an eye testing camp organised at Shahgarh block of Amethi.

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President Pratibha Patil, hands over the 2007 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Bill Gates.

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Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India Nandan Nilekani, right, speaks with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, during the 2007 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development award function at the Presidential Palace, in New Delhi. The award was conferred to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Standing right to left are Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari, after Gates received the 2007 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, at the Presidential Palace, in New Delhi.

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Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal, shakes hands with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at a function to celebrate five years of Microsoft Research India, in New Delhi.

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Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates speaks at a function to celebrate five years of Microsoft Research India, in New Delhi.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and tennis legend Martina Navratilova watch India's Leander Paes and his partner Czech Republic's Lukas Dlouhy play against South Africa's Wesley Moodie and Belgium's Dick Norman in the men's doubles final of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 6, 2009.

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File picture of Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, introducing his company's latest Web browser software at a press conference in San Francisco. AOL Time Warner sued Microsoft in federal court on Tuesday, seeking damages for harm done to AOL's Netscape Internet browser, which had ruled computer desktops until Microsoft began giving its competing browser away.

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Infosys Director Narayana Moorthy greets Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the Infosys campus in Bagalore.

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11 November 2002: Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates speaks to the press in New Delhi. Gates announced aythat his foundation will contribute US$ 100 million to help fight AIDS in India and boost the country's efforts to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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In July, Microsoft boss Bill Gates stepped down from the stewardship of the software company he set up in 1975. But he exits at a time when the software giant is facing problems from several quarters --stiff competition from Google, an unsuccessful attempt to acquire Yahoo and its latest Operating System Vista troubled with glitches and several more challenges ahead. The year also saw him slip down from the pinnacle as the world’s richest man — he was topped by investor Warren Buffett and Mexico’s telecom tycoon Carlos Slim.

Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, while on his India visit is seen in Delhi's Seemapuri area for an 'Eradication of Polio' programme.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates wears a Swedish academic's headgear as he is awarded a honorary doctorate in medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, Jan. 23, 2008, along with his wife Melinda, who could not attend, for their work with the global health issues through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, the foundation has paid out US$7.8 billion (euro 5.4 billion) in grants for global health. Karolinska Institutet is one of the leading medical universities in the world.

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Thursday 15 June
In a major announcement, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said that he will be giving up his day-to-day role in the company in two years though he will continue to be the chairman of the IT giant. The 50-year-old Gates has said that he wants to spend more time in his Foundation and on philanthropic activities. While Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will be taking over Gates' title of Chief Software Architect, Craig Mundie, will take the new title of Chief Research and Strategy Officer. In the last few years Bill Gates along with his wife Melinda have been spending an increasing amount of time with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation whose assets are now close to USD 30 billion. The Foundation is very well known for its activities in different parts of the world particularly in Africa and in India where it is involved in health care for the poor and the needy.

Microsoft Corporation chairman Bill Gates is punched in a parody game by the company's CEO Bill Ballmer as they play the new Xbox 360 video game EA Sports Fight Night Round 3 during Gates' keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Friday 9 December
In this handout photo released by the Gates Foundation, transvestites give a traditional welcome to the Chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates at the office of the Association For Rural Mass India (ARM) in Chennai. Gates, who was on a week-long visit to India, announced that Microsoft will invest 1.7 billion US dollars in India and nearly double its workforce through 3,000 new jobs over the next four years, as it plans to make the country a major hub for its research and product development. The investment will also go towards setting up offices in 33 cities for enhanced market penetration as well as addition of 700 retail outlets.

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