Bill Gates Pumped $319M into Media Outlets, Probe Finds

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Frank Bergman

August 24, 2022

“This Gates should’ve given all of that money to the hard working American People and not to these mass media scoundrels who do nothing but lie to the People !!! Just goes to show where the imbecile’s allegiances lie. Bill Gates is definitely rubbing on the wrong side of history. Very soon he will find out why when all of his beneficiaries stop being watched and read by their audiences who are the People. All I can say is, let him learn the hard way. I have no doubt Gates is going to end up homeless just like what I have prayed for, for his other imbecile friend in Silicon Valley, who’s meddling with Elections right now.” – Leafblogazine 


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates pumped a staggering $319 million into several media outlets, an investigation has revealed.

Gates poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Big Media outlets and their related organizations all over the world, including CNN, BBC, NBC, The Atlantic, The Financial Times, and others.

The money was funneled to the news organizations via the tech billionaire’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the form of grants.

The major investment was uncovered during an investigation by independent outlet MintPress.

MintPress obtained documents that reveal Gates distributed the funds in the form of over 30,000 individual grants.

Dozens of left-wing mainstream media outlets all benefited from the funding, which hasn’t been explained by Gates.

NPR was the largest beneficiary, receiving a whopping $24 million in funding.

The Guardian follows with a huge $13 million “grant.”

Meanwhile, CNN was given $3.6 million for, in part, its supposed “report[ing] on gender equality with a particular focus on least developed countries, producing journalism on the everyday inequalities endured by women and girls across the world.”

Gates’s funding has even stretched into Germany, with the outlet Der Spiegel benefiting from $5 million in funding.

Other international outlets that received millions from Gates include France’s Le Monde and South African outlet Bhekisisa.

In total, Gates has funneled $166 million directly to media outlets while distributing the remaining money to various media centers and journalism organizations.

The World University Service of Canada also received $12 million from Gates’s foundation.

Gates’s money has even flowed into Chinese media, with Caixin Media receiving $250,000 from the mogul and Tsinghua University benefiting from a $450,000 grant provided by the foundation.

Interestingly, many of the outlets that received the funding are also supportive of Gates’s pro-vaccine agenda.

In June, it was revealed that Gates also gave tens of millions of dollars to various Canadian pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

The Gates Foundation provided a total of $23 million to facilities like the Institut de Cardiologie de Montreal to “provide effective, accessible, scalable treatment for COVID-19.”

Other projects under the initiative include grants to Emerging Ag Inc. to “increase awareness and understanding of possible gene drive applications for public good purposes within international policy forums.”

Gates’s foundation gave grants to the following media outlets:

NPR- $24,663,066

The Guardian (including $12,951,391   

Cascade Public Media – $10,895,016

Public Radio International ( $7,719,113

The Conversation- $6,664,271

Univision- $5,924,043

Der Spiegel (Germany)- $5,437,294

Project Syndicate- $5,280,186

Education Week – $4,898,240

WETA- $4,529,400

NBCUniversal Media- $4,373,500

Nation Media Group (Kenya) – $4,073,194

Le Monde (France)- $4,014,512

Bhekisisa (South Africa) – $3,990,182

El País – $3,968,184

BBC- $3,668,657

CNN- $3,600,000   

KCET- $3,520,703

Population Communications International ( – $3,500,000

The Daily Telegraph – $3,446,801

Chalkbeat – $2,672,491   

The Education Post- $2,639,193

Rockhopper Productions (U.K.) – $2,480,392

Corporation for Public Broadcasting – $2,430,949

UpWorthy – $2,339,023

Financial Times – $2,309,845

The 74 Media- $2,275,344

Texas Tribune- $2,317,163

Punch (Nigeria) – $2,175,675

News Deeply – $1,612,122

The Atlantic- $1,403,453

Minnesota Public Radio- $1,290,898

YR Media- $1,125,000

The New Humanitarian- $1,046,457

Sheger FM (Ethiopia) – $1,004,600

Al-Jazeera- $1,000,000

ProPublica- $1,000,000

Crosscut Public Media – $810,000

Grist Magazine- $750,000

Kurzgesagt – $570,000

Educational Broadcasting Corp – $506,504

Classical 98.1 – $500,000

PBS – $499,997

Gannett – $499,651

Mail and Guardian (South Africa)- $492,974

Inside Higher Ed.- $439,910

BusinessDay (Nigeria) – $416,900 – $412,000   

Nutopia- $350,000

Independent Television Broadcasting Inc. – $300,000

Independent Television Service, Inc. – $300,000

Caixin Media (China) – $250,000

Pacific News Service – $225,000

National Journal – $220,638

Chronicle of Higher Education – $149,994

Belle and Wissell, Co. $100,000

Media Trust – $100,000

New York Public Radio – $77,290

KUOW – Puget Sound Public Radio – $5,310

The Gates Foundation has also given nearly $63 million to charities closely aligned with Big Media outlets.

Those donations include nearly $53 million to BBC Media Action, over $9 million to MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, and $1 million to The New York Times Neediest Causes Fund.

While not specifically funding journalism, donations to the philanthropic arm of a media player should still be noted.

Gates also continues to underwrite a wide network of journalism centers.

Funding for centers totals just over $38 million, more than half of which has gone to the Washington D.C.-based International Center for Journalists.

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