Bill Gates, multi-million cofounder of Microsoft, has announced recently that he will donate 50 million dollars of his own money to finance research into fighting Alzheimer's disease.
In his blog he emphasises that the money will come from his private funds and not from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is dedicated to charitable works.
“Of all the aches and pains that we are afflicted with towards the end of our lives, one thing stands out as a particularly large threat to humanity and that's Alzheimer's disease” he said.
He added that he has a connection with Alzheimer's, “Several of the men in my family have this disease. And so, you know, I've seen how tough it is. That's not my sole motivation, but it certainly drew me in.”
The money will go to the private-public partnership called the Dementia Discovery Fund which is based in London and looks at new methods of investigating the cause of this debilitating illness.