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August 14, 2008 2:39 PM

Where's Bill Gates putting his money? The latest public breakdown ...

Posted by Brier Dudley

The company that manages the personal investments of Bill Gates, Cascade Investment, just disclosed his stock holdings as of June 30.

Altogether it lists $4.3 billion in stock. The largest stake is $1.6 billion in Canadia National Railway.

Not included is Gates' Microsoft stock -- he recently dipped below 800,000,000 shares after selling several big batches over the past month. Also listed separately is $36.2 million worth of Berkshire Hathaway stock that's held by the Gates Foundation.

UPDATE: A knowledgeable reader pointed out that the report won't necessarily show all of Gates' investments. He only has to disclose holdings when they cross a certain percentage of a company's total shares.

Here's the list. Remember to add three zeroes to the value of the stock:

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Posted by Bill Rocks

9:45 PM, Aug 14, 2008

Does Bill Gates really have $83M invested in Planet Out Inc? 7th largest holding? Pretty awesome. Go Bill.

Posted by Ari Lacenski

10:03 PM, Aug 14, 2008



Posted by Pete

11:03 PM, Aug 14, 2008

I knew gates was queer

Posted by Jim Lacenski

7:39 AM, Aug 15, 2008

these are interesting but the six flags Inc is noteworthy..

Posted by Christopher

11:47 AM, Aug 15, 2008

Hmmm. Do we now have a pretty good idea why Gates and Microsoft get pretty good coverage from KOMO TV? He owns $15 million in Fisher Communications stock. Fisher, of course, is the parent company of KOMO.

Of course, we all know (wink wink) that just because he's a major stockholder, the fourth largest according to Yahoo, KOMO's journalistic integrity assures us that the news staff won't treat him any differently than they would you or me.

And if you believe that, I've got a great deal on a bridge in Brooklyn. Really. I promise!

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