TerraPower

Bill Gates

Chairman of the Board

Bill Gates is co-founder of Microsoft, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and founder and chairman of TerraPower.

In 1975, Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. More than 20 years later, guided by the belief that every life has equal value, Gates and his wife, Melinda, established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2008, Gates transitioned from his daily responsibilities at Microsoft to focus full-time with Melinda on their foundation’s work to reduce hunger and poverty globally, harness advances in science and technology to save lives, and improve education in the U.S.

Since 2006, Gates has also served as chairman of TerraPower, a company he helped launch in 2006 that aims to provide the world with a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy.

Media Coverage

  • Do Nuclear Plants Have Future in Low-carbon World?

    James Osborne of the Houston Chronicle asserts that next-generation nuclear reactor companies, like Bill Gates-backed TerraPower, will offer a long-term energy solution for policymakers.


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  • Private Investment Could Be Key to Nuclear’s Future

    Paul D. Gray, CEO of uranium and lithium miner Zadar Ventures Ltd., opines that private investors today are key to the growth of advanced nuclear technologies. He lauds Bill Gates’s investment in TerraPower as a good example of such investment.


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  • Bill Gates and Other Billionaires Backing a Nuclear Renaissance

    OilPrice.com’s James Stafford discusses how Bill Gates and others are using their wealth to innovate nuclear technologies. TerraPower’s traveling wave reactor technology is noted as a system with potential to reduce nuclear waste.


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  • Bill Gates is Pushing a New Clean Energy — and it’s Not Solar or Wind

    Reporter Danielle Muoio analyzes TerraPower Chairman Bill Gates’ comments from an interview with MIT Technology Review. She highlights his investment in TerraPower’s traveling wave reactor as part of the “energy miracle” sought by Mr. Gates.


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  • Q&A: Bill Gates

    In a candid conversation with reporter Jason Pontin, TerraPower Chairman Bill Gates discusses his reasons for funding breakthrough energy technologies like TerraPower’s traveling wave reactor.


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  • Bill Gates Says China is the Best Place to Pursue Next-Generation Nuclear Power

    In a recent video interview with Quartz, Bill Gates says China is the place to try out experimental designs, citing the September agreement between TerraPower and China National Nuclear Corp. as a starting point.


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