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Forbes' 2015 Special Philanthropy Issue

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November 25th, 2015
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The cover story, The First Woman of Women (p.96), profiles Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the wealthiest, most charitable and far-reaching private foundation in history. It has a $41.3 billion endowment and distributed $3.32 billion in total grants in 2013. But behind the big numbers lies a deeply personal story of transformation. Over the past few years, Gates has increasingly embraced her unique position of having her name on the letterhead — ­and all the power and prestige that comes with it. Her endgame is nothing less than a new era of global gender equality that will benefit individual women, families and communities all the way upstream to the global economy. Melinda Gates has become the most powerful person on the planet whose singular mission is to end poverty through empowering women and girls.

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