Bill Gates Reveals His Father Suffers From Alzheimer’s Disease – and He’s Committing $100 Million to Stopping It

Source: Time

By FLORA CARR

January 30, 2018

Bill Gates has revealed for the first time that his father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Gates discussed his personal reasons for investing in the search for new treatments, revealing on a segment of the Today show that his 92-year-old father, Bill Gates Sr., suffers from the heartbreaking disorder that causes dementia.

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“I have a father who’s affected deeply by it. Only by solving problems like this can we take these medical costs and the human tragedy and really get those under control,” he told NBC’s Maria Shriver – whose father, the late Kennedy adviser and diplomat Sargent Shriver, also suffered from the disease.

The Microsoft founder, who recently invested $100 million of his $94 billion fortune into Alzheimer’s research, added: “More and more people are getting Alzheimer’s, and it’s a tragic disease.”

 

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