Bill Gates' family spotted on vacation in Palawan

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 26, 2015, before the Senate State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee hearing on diplomacy, development and national security. AP/Lauren Victoria Burke

MANILA, Philippines - The world's wealthiest man, Bill Gates, and his family reportedly spent a brief vacation in Palawan's posh Amanpulo island resort.

A report from state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) cited "eye witnesses" who saw the Gates' family at the Puerto Princesa Airport on April 6.

The family then "immediately boarded" a private helicopter assisted by retired police Superintendent Edgar Iglesia.

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The chopper flew to secluded, luxurious Aman Resorts in Pamalican, part of the Quiniluban group islands north of the province where the Gates family spent three days, the report said.

The resort faces the Sulu Sea and has accommodated Hollywood stars, foreign officials and other high-profile personalities.

PNA also cited sources who spotted the magnate visiting picturesque El Nido municipality where he is reportedly looking to invest in with Filipino partners.

On Wednesday, reports said the Microsoft founder flew back to Manila and visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna.

An aircraft security procedure document indicates that no one was allowed to approach the private Global Express business jet that landed in Manila except its crew and an international security team, PNA reported.

Forbes Magazine said in March that Gates' net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years. - Camille Diola

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