Q: Does Cascade use third party investment managers?

While Cascade is overwhelmingly a direct investor, we do work with a small number of third-party managers who offer additional breadth and expertise in particular asset classes and who have discretion to make investments on behalf of the Gates Family and the Gates Foundation Trust. Cascade strongly supports its external managers’ efforts to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and access in the investment community and is committed to advancing these important causes.

Q: What is the relationship between Cascade Asset Management Company, Cascade Investment, L.L.C. and the Gates Foundation Trust?

Cascade Asset Management Company oversees Cascade Investment, L.L.C., which holds personal assets of Bill Gates, as well as the Gates Foundation Trust, which holds the assets that support the charitable activities of the Gates Foundation. This organizational structure allows the foundation to separate its programmatic work from the investments held by the Trust. The foundation has no influence on Trust investment decisions, and no visibility into the Trust’s investment strategies.

Q: What is Cascade's approach to asset management?

Cascade takes a stewardship approach, applying a fundamental, long-horizon investment philosophy across asset classes and geographies to ensure that the Gates Foundation and the Gates Family have all of the necessary resources to help achieve their philanthropic and personal goals.

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