Bill Gates makes largest donation since 2000 with US$5b gift

Despite the donation, which stems from a reduction in his stake in Microsoft by 64 million shares, Gates remains the world's richest person.

According to an SEC filing released Monday, Gates gifted $4.6 billion worth of stock, his largest donation to charity since 2000.

Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), recently made his largest charitable donation in 17 years.

That makes the June donation his biggest since 2000, as well as the biggest share donation in 2017 among very rich and philanthropic men. Image via YouTube.comBill Gates is giving $4.6 billion to charity - probably his own foundation.

Bill Gates donates $4.6 billion worth of Microsoft stock to his foundation
Gates listed for charity $4.6 billion

Representatives for Microsoft and the Gates Foundation did not respond to Observer requests for comment. The 61-year-old gave away US$16 billion worth of Microsoft shares in 1999 and US$5.1 billion a year later, according to calculations by Bloomberg.

According to the filings, Gates still holds almost 103 million Microsoft shares, valued at US$7.54 billion. "The billionaire briefly surpassed Gates last month to become the world's richest person, before falling back behind Gates after Amazon's share price dropped".

In the past, both Bill and Melinda Gates have given away approximately $35 billion of stock and cash since 1994, according to a review of two decades worth of Gates Foundation tax returns, annual reports and regulatory filings, as reported by Bloomberg. Microsoft stock now accounts for just 9 per cent of his overall net worth, which stood at an estimated $85.2 billion, according to Forbes.

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