August 12, 2017(GCDC) - Instagram just got a new follower: Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.
The richest person in the world made his debut on the photo-sharing platform on Friday morning under the username “thisisbillgates” (“billgates” was already taken). His first Instagram post is a slideshow of three photos from Tanzania.
This comes just three weeks after another tech billionaire made his Instagram entrance – Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. For a brief morning on July 27, Bezos usurped Gates’ reign as the richest person in the world on the FORBES’ Real Time Billionaires List. Gates has taken the No. 1 spot on the FORBES annual Billionaires List for 19 or the past 23 years.
While Bezos’ first post included drone aerial footage to promote his rocket factory, Gates has taken a more subdued tone for his debut by sharing his optimism for progress in the developing world.
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Hello from Tanzania, Instagram! I just had a great lunch with some amazing kids at Kicheba Primary School in Muheza and met Upendo Mwingira, a remarkable physician who has dedicated her career to fighting neglected tropical diseases. Melinda and I have been coming to Tanzania for many years now. I always love seeing how much progress the country has made to improve health and provide opportunity. Plus, the scenery is stunning. Whenever I travel to places like this, I wish others could come along and meet the people I get to meet. I have no doubt it would leave them as optimistic as I am about progress happening around the world. I’ll be sharing photos from my adventures here on Instagram, and I hope you’ll follow along. 1 day ago
Gates is already on Facebook and he has been on Twitter since June 2009. Gates also has a personal blog where he shares a variety of content, from book recommendations to a 360-degree video of Gates interviewing President Jimmy Carter.
2016. Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, reached 2 billion members in June of this year.
Bill Gates is worth an estimated $89.5 billion, according to FORBES' real-time rankings. That does not include the $31.1 billion that he has given to his charitable foundation.