Aside from being business leaders and two of the richest men in the world, Bill Gates and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, have something in common – it is their philanthropism.
Dangote, Bill and Melinda Gates have been featured among the 40 individuals, on the Neusroom 100 project, helping the world combat the common enemy threatening and disrupting activities across the world – the coronavirus.
Also listed are Alibaba founder, Jack Ma, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Tony Elumelu, Chairman, BUA Group, Abdul-Samad Rabiu, Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont.
The list which was released on Saturday June 27, 2020, also include 30 organisations, 20 nations and 10 things.
Since the virus swept across the world in March 2020, some of the personalities listed by Neusroom have been supporting nations, individuals and other institutions at the front line of fighting the virus to restore normalcy to the world.
CEO of Information Digital Africa (ID Africa), Femi Falodun said the Neusroom 100 project is a celebration of hope, and an acknowledgement of humanity’s collective will to survive.
He added that it “highlights the sacrifices and contributions of women, men, organisations, nations and even things – products of humanity’s creativity, that are helping the world win in this long fight against COVID-19.”
Besides making donations to help Nigeria win the battle, Dangote is currently building a 600-bed isolation centre in Kano to manage the rising spread of the pandemic in the state.
Bill and Melinda Gates, through their foundation, have committed up to $305 million, as at May, to aid global detection, isolation, and treatment of COVID-19.