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Bill Gates is the man.

Let’s turn the clocks back to the year 2000. Y2K has just passed, and the people who predicted the end of civilization feel stupid. Bill Gates is the richest man on Earth, and the CEO of the most powerful corporation in the world at the time—Microsoft. He could have done anything, but he chose to step down as CEO and lead a life of philanthropy, using his fortune to improve the lives of as many unfortunate people as possible. This led him to set his sights on Africa.

Many people think that advances in medical science have more or less solved the problem of infectious disease. While this is true for most developed countries, the CDC estimates that 627,000 people died of malaria in 2012 (and 200 million people were infected). 90% of those malaria deaths happened in Africa, and 77% of them were children under the age of 5. Aside from this tragic loss of life, the loss of economic productivity caused by malaria is in the billions of dollars each year.

Most of the reason malaria is such a problem in Africa is a lack of funding. Malaria was eradicated from most developed countries in the early 20th century, but there simply isn’t enough of an economic incentive for developed countries to fight Africa’s malaria problem. In other words, there’s no money in saving African lives.

But Bill Gates decided to do something about that. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he’s donated almost two billion dollars to combat malaria through various intervention strategies. His efforts have saved millions of lives.

They say power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Bill Gates had more power than most men could dream of. But instead of pursuing further wealth and world domination, he decided to do everything he could to combat infectious disease in third-world countries. That makes him a humanitarian hero.

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Source 1: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Health/Malaria

Source 2: http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/