In Pictures: Bill Gates, superstar - His excellent adventures with the famous, rich and powerful

Just because Gates has given up his role as Microsoft's Chairman doesn't mean he's slowing down…

  • Bill Gates isn’t just Microsoft’s founder and a philanthropist out to solve global health problems like malaria. He’s a superstar! If you doubt it, take a look at him winning Germany’s BAMBI! Award last year in Berlin given by the German media for being the top celebrity. Gates regularly hobnobs with princes, presidents and billionaires everywhere, as this album of his world travels over the past few years attests.

  • Gates in Paris at the Elysee Palace with singer Bono and French president Francois Hollande.

  • Gates at Windsor Castle with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

  • Gates with Hillary Clinton in 2011.

  • …and with Bill Clinton at a forum last year.

  • Bill Gates and wife Melinda meet with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations in New York.

  • Gates five years ago with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa at a news conference related to public health issues.

  • Gates four years ago with General Electric’s CEO Jeff Immelt, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr and Cummins CEO Tim Solso.

  • Gates five years ago with India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

  • Billionaire’s Row in New Delhi, 2011: Gates with wife Melinda, Indian billionaire software czar Azim Premjit, billionaire Warren Buffet.

  • Gates shakes hands last year with China’s President, Xi Jinping, before their meeting.

  • Gates sits a spell in Madrid with Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy in 2012.

  • Taking with Mexican president Felipe Calderon at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

  • Gates chats with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels in 2012.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Bill Gates to Berlin last November.

  • South Korea President Park Guen-hye shakes hands with Gates last year in Seoul.

  • In Kristiansand, Norway, Gates bids farewell to Norway’s Prince Haakon Magres last year after being taken to the airport by the Norwegian royal family.

  • Gates shoots the breeze with Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, whose wealth puts him at #2 on the Forbes list of “World’s Richest” right behind Gates, who is #1.

  • Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet, ranked #3 on the Forbes “Richest” list, watches as his friend Bill Gates throws a newspaper in a competition just before the annual company meeting in Omaha last year.

  • There’s no doubt Bill Gates is a superstar. That’s why German television host Guenther Jauch last November presented Gates with the “Millennium Bambi” award that recognizes the top celebrity each year in Germany.

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