Bill Gates is to deliver the 2013 Richard Dimbleby Lecture. Following in the footsteps of a list of predecessors that includes President Clinton, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Sir Terry Pratchett, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, the co-creator of Microsoft will give his address on 29 January.
The founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has become a leading figure in the field of international development and will use the 37th annual lecture to speak on how to ensure that every child has a chance of leading a healthy and productive life.
Since stepping down from his his full time responsibilities at Microsoft, Gates has worked to seek innovative solutions to extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, with his foundation investing $25 billion in grants since its inception.
Hosting of the lecture alternates between legendary broadcaster Richard Dimbleby's two sons - Jonathan and David. Jonathan - who is to host this year's event - said: "Bill Gates is one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and most generous philanthropists. In our troubled times, it is fantastic news that he has agreed to deliver this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture."
The transmission details for Gates' lecture will be released in January.