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Billionaire Investor Bill Gates Has 87% of His $45 Billion Portfolio in Just 5 Stocks

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While some billionaires would rather avoid the spotlight, Bill Gates is cut from a different cloth. He is best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which he ran for a quarter of a century, but has cemented his place in history for his philanthropic and charitable work.

Gates is currently worth $131 billion (as of this writing), making him the world’s ninth richest person, according to Forbes. However, in a pact made with Warren Buffett, Gates signed The Giving Pledge and says he eventually plans to give away “virtually all” of his wealth to charitable causes.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (soon to be The Gates Foundation) is the vehicle created to support those charitable ventures. Its stated goal is “to create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.”

To that end, the foundation has paid out nearly $54 billion since 2000, in its bid to take on “the toughest, most important problems,” including disease and poverty around the globe.

The foundation’s trust holds stakes in dozens of companies in its portfolio, but 87% is made up of just these five stocks.

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1. Microsoft: 35%

Investors shouldn’t be surprised that Microsoft stock is the trust’s top holding, especially since Gates established the foundation with a large portion of his personal holdings. The Gates Foundation has roughly 36.5 million shares worth $15.47 billion.

But this isn’t your grandfather’s Microsoft. Beyond the company’s legacy operating system and software, its Azure Cloud is the No. 2 cloud infrastructure provider and is growing faster and taking share from its cloud rivals.

Further boosting the results is Copilot, the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) powered digital assistant, which is deeply integrated across Microsoft’s products and services. Analysts at Evercore ISI calculate that generative AI could produce incremental revenue of $143 billion by 2027.

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2024-06-15 18:00:00

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