Bill Gates: Best investment I've ever made is global health

The best investment Bill Gates has made during his career involves efforts to increase access to vaccines and medicines around the globe, he wrote in an essay for The Wall Street Journal Jan. 16.

Specifically, Mr. Gates discussed his contributions to three organizations: vaccine alliance Gavi, the Global Fund and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. These investments were made through his philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Comparing his investments in global health to those he's made in the technology sector, Mr. Gates noted that he typically expects just 10 percent of his technology investments to succeed. By contrast, contributing to global health initiatives has a "very high" success rate.

"Institutions such as Gavi, the Global Fund and GPEI are the closest things that we have to surefire bets to alleviate suffering and save lives," he wrote in WSJ. "They are the best investments that Melinda and I have made in the past 20 years, and they are some of the best investments the world can make in the years ahead."

Click here to read Mr. Gates' essay in WSJ.

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