10 Tech Titans Leading the Charge on Immigration Reform

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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

"Demand for specialized technical skills has long exceeded the supply of native-born workers with advanced degrees, and scientists and engineers from other countries fill this gap," Gates wrote in a 2007 op-ed for The Washington Post.

In an interview with CNNMoney, Gates said that high talent immigration has been held hostage by illegal immigration problem and that, in order for immigration reform to be effective, both types of immigration would need to be addressed.

Gates is one of the founders of FWD.us. Furthermore, Microsoft, which Gates founded in 1975, set a company quarterly spending record--coming in just under $3 million--on its Washington lobby efforts in the past few months as the Senate voted on the 'Gang of Eight' immigration reform bill.