By Andy Sambidge
Microsoft founder hired to give opening speech at Abu Dhabi Media Summit in October
Microsoft founder Bill Gates will make the opening keynote speech at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit in October, it was announced on Wednesday.
Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company.
Consistently ranked as one of the world's richest men, Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.
He will be jointed by more than 400 leaders from the across the global media industry who will participate in the summit at the Yas Viceroy Hotel, starting on October 9.
The three-day summit will be held under the theme "Redefining the digital frontier" and will focus on digital media in emerging markets.
Previous keynote speakers at the Summit have included industry leaders Rupert Murdoch, Eric Schmidt, James Cameron, James Murdoch, Yuri Milner and Hans Vestberg.
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, said: "The continued evolution and strengthening of the summit mirrors the continued development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as an important hub for the media industry.
"As in previous years, the 2012 Summit will create unique opportunities for insights for all who attend. The 2012 event will also see an even greater emphasis on home-grown talent through a series of master classes and workshops."