Microsoft founder Bill Gates, now the richest man in the world once again, will appear on the ABC’s Q&A program when he visits Australia later this month. Photo: AFP
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the world's richest person again for the first time since 2007, Bloomberg has reported, after the software company's shares rose to a five-year high on Thursday.
His fortune was valued at $72.7 billion, having increased by about $10 billion over the past year.
He overtook telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim, whose fortune has dipped by $2 billion this year.
Mr Gates will appear on the ABC's Q&A program hosted by the University of NSW when he visits Australia later this month.
The university said the audience for the invitation-only event, to be held in the University's Clancy Auditorium, would be comprised members of the UNSW "community".
"This is a terrific opportunity for our graduates, students, staff and friends of the university to hear from Bill Gates, a true global leader and champion for the betterment of society by tackling global health issues," UNSW chancellor David Gonski said.
"We are proud that many UNSW researchers and academics are making a contribution in this important area."
UNSW's Kirby Institute for infection and immunity in society is leading an international research project funded to the tune of $18 million by the Gates Foundation. The university says the project has the potential to extend antiretroviral therapy to millions of HIV-affected people worldwide.
The Gates Foundation also supports the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which operates under the auspices of the UNSW Foundation.
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