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

  • 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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  • World’s Richest Man Picks Energy Miracles

    Scientific American’s David Biello talks with Bill Gates about energy miracles. Gates notes TerraPower’s planned pilot plant and discusses where nuclear energy can go from there.

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  • The Energy Breakthrough That Will “Save Our Planet” is Less Than 15 Years Away

    In an interview with VOX’s Ezra Klein, Bill Gates highlights TerraPower’s fourth-generation design that can withstand an earthquake, volcano or tidal wave.

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  • Bill Gates, the ‘Impatient Optimist,’ Lays Out his Clean-Energy Innovation Agenda

    During a recent interview with Andrew Revkin of the New York Times, TerraPower Chairman Bill Gates discusses the traveling wave reactor design and his agenda for clean energy.

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  • Paris Climate Talks: U.S. Energy Chief Says Solution Lies in Innovation

    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz mentions TerraPower’s traveling wave technology during a discussion with Christian Science Monitor about the future of nuclear energy innovation. The interview took place during Secretary Moniz’s participation in the COP-21 climate change negotiations in Paris.

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  • Gates Leads Global Billionaires in Clean Energy Investment Pledge

    Xconomy’s Benjamin Romano covers Bill Gates’s global initiative to spur investment and innovation in the energy sector, noting the TerraPower’s Chairman’s involvement with the traveling wave reactor.

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  • Li Welcomes U.S. Nuclear Teamwork

    During a recent trip to China, TerraPower Chairman Bill Gates met with Premier Li Keqiang, discussing the importance of international cooperation on energy projects like TerraPower’s traveling wave reactor.

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  • TerraPower Quietly Explores New Nuclear Reactor Strategy

    MIT Technology Review’s Richard Martin examines TerraPower’s research into a molten chloride reactor concept, even as the company remains fully committed to the traveling wave reactor design.

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  • The Company Determined to Fix Nuclear Energy

    Produced by The Atlantic to accompany a profile of TerraPower investor Bill Gates, this five-minute documentary showcases TerraPower’s efforts to create a technology that meets global energy demands and combats climate change.

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  • Advanced Nuclear Industry to Regulators: Give Us a Chance

    After hearing TerraPower CFO Marcia Burkey speak at the MIT SOLVE conference, Technology Review’s Richard Martin explores the challenges faced by advanced reactor companies.

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  • Bill Gates Making Progress On Next Generation Of Nuclear Power—In China

    Industry analyst James Conca reacts to TerraPower’s memorandum of understanding with China, noting the need for increased investment, innovation and international cooperation on energy issues.

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