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Global health disbursements from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 1999-2013

This statistic displays the global health disbursements from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from 1999 to 2013, in million U.S. dollars. In 2005, this foundation expended 854 million U.S. dollars on global health issues. Founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, their primary focus are to enhance health care and reduce extreme poverty worldwide. Its Global Health Division includes a children's vaccine program, a cheaper tuberculosis test, neglected tropical diseases and polio eradication programs.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has increased its disbursements for global health within the last decade, from 144.3 million U.S. dollars in 1999 to 2.3 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. The foundation is consistently among the top public funders in the world for various disease research focuses and for international health grants. In 2014, the foundation provided 531 million U.S. dollars for research and development funding for neglected diseases.
Originally, this foundation was established under the name the William H. Gates Foundation in 1997. In 2006, Warren Buffet pledged to donate about 10 million U.S. dollars in Berkshire Hathaway shares in annual contributions to the foundation. More recently, in 2013, Buffet announced he would donate an additional 2 billion U.S. dollars to the foundation. As of April 2014, Buffet was considered the world’s most successful investor and was worth an estimated 58.5 billion U.S. dollars. Today, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has four main divisions including Global Development, Global Health, United States, and Global Policy & Advocacy. The Foundation also announced an open access policy for all publications and data as of 2014 to provide accessible peer-reviewed research as well as all associated data sets.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation disbursements on global health from 1999 to 2013

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Release date

June 2016



Survey time period

1999 to 2013

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