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Billionaire Bill Gates just joined Instagram, weeks after Jeff Bezos

Bill Gates
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Bill Gates

There's a new trend among the richest people in the world: Joining Instagram.

Bill Gates just joined the social media site. His first post is from Tanzania, where he had lunch with students at the Kicheba Primary School in Muheza.

"Melinda and I have been coming to Tanzania for many years now," the post reads. "I always love seeing how much progress the country has made to improve health and provide opportunity. Plus, the scenery is stunning.

"Whenever I travel to places like this, I wish others could come along and meet the people I get to meet," Gates continues. "I have no doubt it would leave them as optimistic as I am about progress happening around the world. I'll be sharing photos from my adventures here on Instagram, and I hope you'll follow along."

In the two days Gates has been on Instagram, he has gained 190,000 followers. On Twitter, he has a following of 37.4 million.

On July 20, billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos joined Instagram. Bezos' first post was a drone video announcing a new rocket factory he is building for his aerospace company, Blue Origin. As of Aug. 14, he has 31,500 followers.

Gates, currently the richest person in the world according to Forbes, made his fortune founding Microsoft. However, his focus is now acting as co-chair (with his wife Melinda) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Via the philanthropic organization, the couple do a lot of work in developing countries to eradicate poverty by improving access to healthcare and education — hence his first Instagram post.

Joining Instagram has the potential to give the billionaire philanthropist much wider access than with Twitter.

Earlier this year, Instagram announced it had reached 700 million monthly active users. Twitter, meanwhile, reportedly has 328 million monthly active users.

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