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Bill Gates has shared the tweets that inspired him in 2017

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 20/12/2017 Alice Howarth

Bill Gates wearing glasses and smiling at the camera © Provided by Evening Standard Limited 2017 has had its fair share of highs and lows.

Yes, scientists classified a new type of aurora and named it Steve and a new cure for ALS was found but - and to name just a few - Trump made a few gaffes, white supremacist rallies actually happened and natural disasters devastated numerous countries and communities around the world.

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and philanthropist (also once the richest man in the world), decided to address this with his 43.2 million followers.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote 'there’s no denying that 2017 was a really tough year... but it also delivered some amazing moments of hope and progress. Here are some inspiring tweets that you may have missed…'

Related: 17 inspiring quotes to start 2018 (Provided by Business Insider)

He then proceeded to share nine moments that happened over the last year that personally inspired him and they really are pretty uplifting.

From the Maldives and Bhutan eliminating measles to the birth of #extremereading - here's what made his list... 

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