Nadav Kander photographs Bill Gates and former president Bill Clinton for Wired magazine

Wired asked Nadav Kander to make portraits of Bill Gates and former president Bill Clinton in New York, where the two men were in town for a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on September 23. The portraits accompanied an interview with Gates and Clinton on “the future of global health, the vanguard of philanthropy, and the divide between ignorance and data-driven knowledge.”

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Bill Clinton. Photo by Nadav Kander for Wired, December 2013 issue.

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Bill Gates. Photo by Nadav Kander.

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An excerpt from the article, written by Steven Levy:

They share much more than a first name. Both pivoted from spectacular first acts to second careers devoted to tackling some of the biggest problems on the planet. To do this, they have capitalized on their previous roles, their connections, and their brainpower. In Clinton’s case, it turned out that the attributes that make for the ultimate politician work equally well in the service of philanthropy.

As founder of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, the former president is a forceful explainer in chief, elucidating what needs to be done to alleviate poverty and treat AIDS. And to the surprise of many who followed Gates as a full-tilt techie devoted to preserving Microsoft’s dominance, he has pursued philanthropy with the same passion he once channeled into software. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he approaches problem-solving—particularly the scientific arcana of health and agriculture—with an appreciation of scale honed by years of living under Moore’s law.

Both organizations have made a staggering impact. The Clinton Global Initiative, part of the former president’s foundation, claims to have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in 180 countries. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has by some estimates saved some 6 million lives and delivered a higher-quality existence to many, many more.

Read “Bill Gates and President Bill Clinton on the NSA, Safe Sex, and American Exceptionalism” at wired.com.

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Photo by Nadav Kander.

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Photo by Nadav Kander.

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