But today, through a recent blog post by the data geeks at Swivel, I got a pointer to a video of Hans Rosling presenting his awesome visualizations at the February 2006 TED conference. (It's 20 minutes, but well worth the time!).
Apparently after Hans Rosling's presentation at TED, Gapminder was invited to do a longer presentation at Google. Then Google stepped up to host the Gapminder site (and presumably to sponsor their work).
By the way, if you are interested in data but not familiar with Swivel, check them out. I'm looking forward to Swivel becoming the Flickr and YouTube of data. All they need is some of Hans Rosling's technology. :-)