Melinda French Gates may be the most ambitious woman on Earth; she certainly has some of the most profound ambitions. "We are trying to solve hunger in the world," she says matter-of-factly when asked what she considers the principal goals of the world's largest philanthropy, which she runs with her husband. "And, of course, disease." Of course. It's a simple idea, really, but also revolutionary. "We started this foundation with the premise that all lives are created equal. If an American child should be protected from measles"--not to mention polio, rotavirus, malaria, or any number of maladies that are common in the developing world yet forgotten in the United States--"then so should a child living in Zambia."
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