Gates Aims Billions to Attack Illnesses of World's Neediest Free registration to NY Times needed to read the article. I've known about Gates' philanthropy efforts for several years now. Color me very impressed with the results so far...his foundation has made very smart decisions, preferring to go after the less sexy research avenues (mosquitos, infrastructure, etc.) and organisations. I wonder if he has read "Parasite Rex"? His decisions remind me of "back to basics" regarding global health. Forget Microsoft...his philanthropy will eclipse it soon enough, like it has already eclipsed all the big donors of the past.