Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has been awarded the Silver Buffalo, the highest Boy Scout honour in the US, for his services to youth.
The accolade is for Mr Gates’ work both at Microsoft and for his humanitarian work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr Gates was a member of the scouts in the 1960s and 1970s in Seattle…
His former scoutmaster, Don Van Wierengen, spoke of his former pupil in a video tribute.
He said that during one scouting event in Seattle, when most boys had been showing off their outdoor skills, Mr Gates had wanted to demonstrate computers.
The Gates’ foundation, which began in 2000, has set up a number of aid projects across the developing world.
The foundation has teamed up the Boy Scouts and the United Nations Foundation for a project designed to supply Africans with insecticide-treated mosquito nets, in a bid to tackle malaria and other diseases.
- BBC News