You’ve probably heard already that there are three new folks on the B&MG Foundation board. They will be replacing Bill Gates Senior, who died some time ago, and Warren Buffett who recently said he wanted to retire from the board. Speculation was there might be more new people, and maybe a splitting of the Foundation into two or more separate funds
Well, “might” has actually happened, with three new folks:
Strive Masiyiwa, is a telecom billionaire and philanthropist from Zimbabwe.
Baroness Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics, and formerly worked at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bank of England.
Tom Tierney, co-chair of the Bridgespan Group, which has advised the Gates Foundation, Mackenzie Scott, and hundreds of other foundations, nations, and colleges.
The Baroness and I have a mutual acquaintance at the London School of Economics. Our friend says the Baroness is a great listener, very humble and open to new ideas. Our friend also says she will be the “World Bank’s liaison to the Gates family.” Also, while several London college presidents are coming down hard on striking employees, we’ve heard from two sources that the Baroness has been gracious and open to LSE’s “striking faculty”.