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The Earth Has a New 'Richest Person'

With a net worth of $90.9 billion, Jeff Bezos just surpassed Bill Gates

(Newser) - A strong morning for shares of Amazon has resulted in bragging rights for CEO Jeff Bezos: He is now the richest person on the planet. Bezos' net worth climbed to $90.9 billion about 10am EDT Thursday, putting him ahead of Gates at $90.7 billion, per Bloomberg . It's... More »

Bill Gates: I'd Give This Book to Every College Graduate

He recommends 'The Better Angels of Our Nature' by Steven Pinker

(Newser) - Bill Gates may be a college dropout himself, but he's still hit up for advice quite a bit from college graduates. In a series of tweets spotted by Business Insider , Gates is offering that advice to all. Among other things, he writes that if he were a college freshman... More »

There's Now Only One Person Richer Than Jeff Bezos

He shut down rival's firm, gained $1.5B on same day

(Newser) - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos made a fortune on top of his existing fortune Wednesday and finished the day as the second-richest person on the planet. His company's share price surged $9 billion after its purchase of Middle Eastern e-commerce site Souq, adding $1.5 billion to Bezos' personal... More »

Robot Stole Your Job? Tax Him, Says Bill Gates

Microsoft founder suggests automation ought to be slowed

(Newser) - Job-stealing robots should be taxed the same as humans, Bill Gates says. "If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level," the Microsoft founder tells Quartz . He says governments should tax companies that replace... More »

Gates So Rich He May Become World's First Trillionaire

Per latest Oxfam extrapolation

(Newser) - Eight billionaires on Earth boast as much money as the world's 3.6 billion poorest people—and one of those eight wealth-wielders has a good shot at ascending to the next level. CNBC reports that Bill Gates is on pace to become the planet's first trillionaire within the... More »

Lucky Redditor Lands Secret Santa Bill Gates

Microsoft bazillionaire does not fail to impress her

(Newser) - Bill Gates might be one of the world's richest men, but he's also one of the world's best Secret Santas according to one grateful Reddit user named Aerrix who appears pretty excited after a "GIANT" package was delivered Friday from the Microsoft guru. For the past... More »

World's Richest Band Together, Launch $1B Fund

Bill Gates is leading clean energy technology venture

(Newser) - Bill Gates has lined up more than a dozen of his fellow billionaires to go where many investors now fear to tread: cleaner energy technologies. Gates announced Sunday night that he's leading the Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, which plans to invest up to $1 billion in technology that could... More »

Obama Names 21 Recipients of Medal of Freedom

Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and more

(Newser) - President Obama is honoring actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks, and Robert Redford with the nation's highest civilian honor, the AP reports. They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House next Tuesday. Honorees from the sports world... More »

Leaked Email: Clinton Looked to Tech World During VP Search

Bill Gates, Tim Cook, others among those considered

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have picked America's dad Tim Kaine as her running mate, but in an alternate universe her veep was one of America's tech giants. A leaked email sent by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and released by WikiLeaks Tuesday names Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Apple... More »

Bolivia to Bill Gates: Keep Your Stupid Chickens

Country offended by donation offer, says it's doing just fine on poultry front

(Newser) - Bill Gates recently offered to donate 100,000 hens to poor countries around the world, but one South American nation looked his gift chickens in the mouth and began squawking. "How can he think we are living 500 years ago, in the middle of the jungle not knowing how... More »

Bill Gates Bucks Tech Trend, Sides With FBI

The government is 'not asking for some general thing'

(Newser) - Bill Gates stands alone. Well, and with the FBI . In an interview with the Financial Times , Gates addressed the question of whether Apple should comply with the FBI's request (and a federal judge's order) to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and in Gates' view, the specificity... More »

Bill Gates Creating Billion- Dollar Clean Energy Fund

Said to be the largest clean energy partnership in history

(Newser) - Bill Gates is expected to announce the creation of the "world's largest clean energy research and development partnership" at the opening of global climate talks in Paris on Monday, ClimateWire reports. The plan is rumored to put billions upon billions of dollars toward transitioning both developed and developing... More »

Company Grabs CO2 From the Air to Make Fuel

Carbon Engineering is backed by billionaires including Bill Gates

(Newser) - Visit a town north of Vancouver and you may notice a long, blue building that appears ordinary—but it just may be leading the way in climate-change technology. Run by the Canadian company Carbon Engineering, the plant is busy capturing carbon dioxide from the Earth's atmosphere. It's also... More »

On al-Qaeda's New Hit List: Bill Gates, Warren Buffett

And other 'economic personalities' targeted in magazine article

(Newser) - On the eve of the 14th anniversary of 9/11, a group of what al-Qaeda is calling "economic personalities" and "wealthy entrepreneurs" has been labeled as being in the terror organization's sights. The list appears in its latest issue of Inspire and includes names like Bill Gates, Warren... More »

Only 1 Living Person Cracks List of History's 10 Richest

It's the guy behind Microsoft

(Newser) - It's relatively easy to rank the richest people in the world at any one time, but what about comparing them through history? Or as MONEY puts it, "Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan?" Rockefeller, as it turns out, according to Time's assessment of... More »

What Makes Bill Gates Feel Stupid

Not knowing a second language, he reveals on Reddit

(Newser) - It's safe to say Bill Gates is no dummy. But one thing does make the Microsoft co-founder feel like one: "I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages," he revealed in his third Reddit " Ask Me Anything ." (It was again a... More »

Machine Turns Poop Into Drinking Water

Bill Gates says machine could get clean water to developing countries

(Newser) - Poop isn't just poop, not if you're creative and dedicated to solving the world's sanitation problems. Now, thanks to a machine called the OmniProcessor, fecal matter can become clean water and electricity. "The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle.... More »

Lie of the Year: Overblown Ebola Claims

Americans' concern about disease has wildly fluctuated

(Newser) - When Americans learned about the Ebola outbreak in March, they weren't too concerned; then, "from August to October, it was the apocalypse," a researcher tells Politifact . Now, they say it was "overhyped," he notes. Indeed, when a US health worker arrived for treatment in the... More »

Bill Gates' Hunger Fight Is Deeply Flawed: Report

Hardly any money goes directly to African groups

(Newser) - Though the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $3 billion to fight hunger in poor countries, most of that money has gone to groups based in wealthy countries, a new report finds. Just 10% of the money has gone to African organizations, while more than 80% has headed to... More »

This Veggie Burger 'Bleeds' Like Meat

Biochemist behind Impossible Foods wants to convert hard-core beef lovers

(Newser) - The burger looks, sizzles, browns, and even bleeds just like any burger you might throw on the barbecue. But this one is entirely plant-based, its key found in a sort of "plant blood" developed by Patrick Brown, a Stanford biochemistry professor and CEO of startup venture Impossible Foods. Brown,... More »

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