Bill Gates wins 'Spanish Nobel' for charitable work
5 May 2006, OVIEDO — Bill and Melinda Gates were awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation in recognition of their extensive charitable efforts to battle disease and injustice.
5 May 2006
OVIEDO — Bill and Melinda Gates were awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation in recognition of their extensive charitable efforts to battle disease and injustice.
The jury, chaired by former Spanish Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo, praised the couple's contribution "to the global health of humanity" through the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The 50-year-old Microsoft founder is one of the world's richest and most influential men, with a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at EUR 36 billion. He and his wife created the Gates Foundation in 2000.
With nearly EUR 27 billion in assets, the organisation has so far donated more than EUR 7.8 billion to fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, among other causes.
Bill and Melinda Gates "represent an example of generosity and philanthropy in the face of the ills that continue devastating the world," the jury said in announcing the award.
Bestowed in the name of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, the Asturias prizes are the Spanish-speaking world's equivalent of the Nobels.
The International Cooperation award honours the individual or institution deemed to have made an exemplary contribution to mutual understanding and brotherhood among nations.
Each of the Asturias prizes is accompanied by EUR 50,000 and a statuette designed by artist Joan Miró.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news