Top 10 Stocks Owned By The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation

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It’s not often that a divorce announcement makes the whole world sit up and take notice. However, when the couple in question is Melinda and Bill Gates, you do expect heads to turn and mouths to gape. The former couple was worth $146 billion before they decided to separate. 

While Bill Gates might have founded Microsoft, today his shareholding in the company likely makes up less than 20% of his assets according to a Bloomberg report. The question on everyone’s minds is: What will happen to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? The Foundation is dear to both their hearts and their representatives have said that they will continue to work together on the Foundation. 

How much is the Foundation worth? A lot. Its portfolio value right now is $25 billion. This is after the Foundation has spent $50 billion on public health projects around the world. It has committed $1.75 billion to COVID relief as well. 

The Foundation has invested in 18 stocks in total. We take a look at the top 10 stocks that make up its portfolio:

Berkshire Hathaway

The value of the Foundation’s investment in Warren Buffett’s company is $11.8 billion or 45.5%. Gates and Buffett are very good friends, and Buffett has already pledged to donate a large part of his wealth to the Foundation. The Gates, on the other hand, clearly think that Buffett’s Berkshire is the perfect custodian for their Foundation funds. Berkshire Hathaway stock has gained over 66% from May 10, 2020, to May 5, 2021, justifying Gates’ decision to trust it.

Waste Management

The Foundation has invested 10% of its funds, $2.6 billion, into Houston-headquartered Waste Management. The company provides waste management environmental services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. The stock has beaten analyst estimations in each of the last four quarters. This is an evergreen company because the world will always need someone to collect and manage its waste. The stock has gained over 40% in the last 12 months.

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