Bill Gates has not bought Telegram29 April 2021What was claimed Bill Gates has bought messaging service Telegram. Our verdict Neither Bill Gates nor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have bought Telegram. A caption below the image of a news reader states “600 MILLION DOLLARS DEAL BILL GATES BUYS TELEGRAM”. We have contacted both Telegram and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to confirm this, but both parties have previously confirmed to fact checkers at Reuters and AFP that the Gates’ have no commercial interest or ownership of Telegram. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because neither Bill Gates nor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have bought Telegram.