US president Barack Obama awarded Bill gates 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom the highest civilian award in the US ,also some selected personalities in entrepreneurship,philanthropy, sports,activism, academia and entertainment were also awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
US Presidential Medal of Freedom
US Presidential Medal of Freedom is given every year to those people who have given their extraordinary contributions on (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) contributed on world peace (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavours.
US Presidential Medal Of Freedom is awarded to individuals selected by the president or on the recommendation by the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board.
Why Bill Gates ?
Bill & Melinda Gates have been awarded by this highest civilian award for their philanthropic foundation Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation the largest privately owned foundation in the World.Which was launched in the year 2000 and its believed to be the world’s largest private operated foundation in the world.
The aim of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is to increase healthcare & to reduce poverty around the world.They also aim to expand educational opportunities & access to the information technology to the people.
Some others personalities Robert Redford,Tom Hanks,Michael Jordan were also awarded by Medal of Freedom On the ceremony.
In the end of the ceremony Mr. Obama said – “Everyone on this stage has touched me in a powerful personal way,” Mr. Obama also said “These are folks who have helped make me who I am and think about my presidency.”