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.