Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates' very full life after Microsoft

June 21, 2010: 3:00 AM ET

How does the world's most famous entrepreneur now fill his days? Saving the world, helping startups -- and dropping kids off at school.

By Brent Schlender, contributor

When Bill Gates formally stepped away from an active role at Microsoft (MSFT) in July of 2008,  he also hung up his golf clubs. His explanation was as simple as it was revealing: "It takes up too much time to get any good at it."

So much for anything resembling a typical retirement for Mr. Gates. We should have known, of course, that for him the term is a mere euphemism. This is a guy with an extraordinary capacity for work, a man who used to sleep under his desk rather than lose a minute away from the office while building Microsoft into a software juggernaut.

Although Gates remains its non-executive chairman,  Microsoft almost seems like an afterthought nowadays. Gates is busy with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which fights scourges like malaria, rotovirus, and HIV/AIDS. But he also is evolving into something of a techno-activist, using his money and his clout and his celebrated smarts to help accelerate innovation in a wide array of fields from agriculture, to banking, to education, to sanitation, to carbon-free energy sources and geo-engineering techniques that could reverse global warming. He recently started a personal website called thegatesnotes.com that catalogs his many activities and interests, and offers up his opinions on innovations and issues of the day. And you can read his tweets on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BillGates . More

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