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Summary:

In light of our upcoming Green:Net conference — which looks at the intersection of IT and green — we’ve decided to revive the second edition of the 25 Who Ditched Infotech for Cleantech list. Check it out:

Bill Gates

Background: Co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft.

Current: Philanthropist and budding greentech investor, Chairman of Microsoft.

While many said Microsoft’s co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates was late to the greentech game — he first spoke about climate change at the recent TED talks in February — what better ally than one of the world’s richest philanthropists and brightest minds. Gates has invested in traveling wave nuclear reactor startup TerraPower, which is a nuclear spinoff project from incubator Intellectual Ventures (founded by former Microsoft chief technology officer Nathan Myhrvold). Gates said at TED that the world needs an energy miracle, which could come from thousands of companies delivering innovation on clean power including solar thermal, solar PV, batteries and nuclear.

Image courtesy of Domain Barnyard’s photostream.

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  1. I see taht unlinke 2 years ago, Bill Gates is at the top of the list :))

  2. Katie Fehrenbacher Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Yep, he really stepped it up recently in terms of greentech

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  5. Thank you, Katie, for your work! You are appreciated for keeping our environment as the priority that will provide our children & grandchildren’s safe & secure future. Bless you! I am now following you on Twitter as @dansden and look forward to your tweets!

    Respectfully,
    Rev. Dan J Frisby
    retired United Methodist minister

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