Jeff Raikes

CEO,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jeff Raikes is Chief Executive Officer at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. He sets strategic priorities, monitors results, and facilitates relationships with key partners for all three program groups of the foundation.
Before joining The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Raikes was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team and was president of the Microsoft Business Division. He previously served as group vice president of the Worldwide Sales and Support Group. Before that, he served as senior vice president of Microsoft North America. Mr. Raikes joined Microsoft in 1981 as a product manager and in 1984 was promoted to director of applications marketing. Before joining Microsoft, he was a software development manager at Apple Computer Inc.
Mr. Raikes and his wife are founders of the Raikes Foundation and are active members of the United Way of King County. Mr. Raikes also serves on the board of directors for Costco Wholesale Corp. and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation, where he is Chair of the Board. In June 2008, the Board of Regents at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln renamed the J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management to the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. Mr. Raikes, a longtime supporter of the highly selective and renowned school, was a part of the initial conceptualization and has served on the board since its inception in 2001.
Mr. Raikes, a Nebraska native, holds a BS in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.