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Bill Gates: 3 Things We Need to Do ASAP on Virus

Microsoft co-founder says that while we've lost time, it's not too late to still make big moves

(Newser) - Though it may seem the US missed its chance to get ahead of the coronavirus, one prominent name sees glimmers of hope. In a Washington Post op-ed, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates notes that "the choices we and our leaders make now will have an enormous impact on how soon... More »

Microsoft's Co-founder Is Leaving Its Board

Bill Gates says he wants to focus on philanthropy

(Newser) - Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975, is leaving the company's board. Microsoft quoted Gates in a statement saying that he wants to "dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities." He's also stepping down from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, Waren Buffet's holding... More »

Bill Gates Worried About 'Once-in-a-Century Pandemic'

For now, we should treat coronavirus that way, and start taking action accordingly, he writes

(Newser) - Bill Gates has spent his post-tech life focusing on health crises, and in an essay at the New England Journal of Medicine he offers some sobering thoughts about the coronavirus. He points out that health experts have been warning for some time that a pandemic rivaling the 1918 flu "... More »

This Superyacht Is First of Its Kind. A Big Name May Buy It

Bill Gates rumored to be scooping up $640M monster, world's first hydrogen-powered superyacht

(Newser) - A world first is expected to hit the high seas in another four years or so, and the world's sometimes-richest man may be placing an order for it. The Guardian and Telegraph reported that Aqua , a 370-foot superyacht designed by Sander Sinot and worth about $640 million, was purchased... More »

After 95 Tries, She Finally Got the Secret Santa Everyone Wants

'Bill Gates is my Secret Santa, I just won Secret Santa 2019!'

(Newser) - Ninety-fifth time's the charm. Per WLNS , that's how many RedditGifts exchanges a Michigan woman had to participate in before she got the ultimate Secret Santa this year, the one everyone fervently hopes they'll get: Bill Gates. Shelby—as the recipient of a Christmas package sent by the... More »

Billionaires Fighting Back Over Warren's Proposals

Bill Gates is the latest to cry foul

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren has been taking heat over her progressive policy ideas, not just from President Trump but from Democratic rivals who favor a more moderate approach. Now you can add Bill Gates to her list of critics. At a forum Wednesday, Gates didn't sound thrilled about Warren's idea... More »

Bezos Loses Title as World's Richest Person

Gates goes back on top after Amazon stock falls

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos is taking a fall from his perch as the world's richest person, mostly because Amazon's stock price has fallen. That cut into Bezos' wealth, Bloomberg reports, though not so you'd notice. He's at $107.1 billion at the moment, about $300 million less than... More »

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,... More »

Bill Gates No Longer Planet's 2nd Richest

Bernard Arnault jumps over him

(Newser) - In the seven years that Bloomberg has been putting out its Billionaires Index, Bill Gates has always ranked in the top 2. No more. On Tuesday, Bernard Arnault leaped over him and into the No. 2 spot, with a net worth of $107.6 billion, a slim $200 million over... More »

Bill Gates: This $10B Investment Is My Best Ever

Money went into global health groups, though the payoff doesn't come in the usual way

(Newser) - Bill Gates has been investing in health initiatives for 20 years now, and he writes in the Wall Street Journal that one particular type of investment in this field rarely fails to pay off. It involves what those in the global health field call "financing and delivery"—organizations... More »

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle... More »

Bill Gates Wants You to Read These 5 Books Before 2019

Anxiety, Silicon Valley, learning how to reinvent oneself—his picks feature wide-ranging topics

(Newser) - If you've ever wanted to get into a person's head, finding out what books he or she reads is a good place to start. Time reports on the tomes that have been taking up real estate in Bill Gates' mind of late, "perfectly timed for the holiday... More »

Yes, That's a Jar of Poop Next to Bill Gates

Philanthropist is making plea for sanitation technology at 'Reinvented Toilet' Expo in China

(Newser) - Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a "Reinvented Toilet" Expo in China. "You might guess what's in this beaker—and you'd be... More »

Sorrowful Bill Gates Lauds Paul Allen's '2nd Act'

Microsoft co-founders met as kids, dropped out of college to form their company

(Newser) - Bill Gates wasn't even in his teens yet when he met Paul Allen at a school outside Seattle, and less than 10 years later, the two dropped out of college and founded Microsoft together. That long history, and their storied successes, have left Gates "heartbroken" after the death... More »

Bill Gates Recommends 5 Books for Summer

New works on Da Vinci and Lincoln make the cut

(Newser) - Bill Gates is out with his annual list of summer reading recommendations, and he explains in a blog post that they tackle questions such as "what makes genius tick?" and "where does humanity come from, and where are we headed." The "genius" in question is Leonardo... More »

Bill Gates: Wife Didn't Love How Trump Spoke of Our Daughter

Gates also said Trump seemed confused about difference between HIV, HPV

(Newser) - Bill Gates recently helmed a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting with staff, and per the Guardian , he offered some anecdotes involving President Trump. In the footage aired Thursday night on MSNBC, Gates noted that when he first met Trump in late 2016, it was "kind of scary" how... More »

Bill Gates Sees the World in These 4 Income Levels

Forget the terms 'developing' and 'developed' nations, he advises

(Newser) - Bill Gates says he's done using the terms "developed" and "developing" to describe the nations of the world because they're too limiting. "It's hard to pick up on progress if you divide the world into rich and poor countries," he writes in a... More »

Trump Still a Multi-Billionaire, but His Ranking Tumbles

He falls to No. 766 in newest ranking by 'Forbes'

(Newser) - President Trump probably won't be happy to see Forbes ' 2018 ranking of the world's richest people—he has fallen from No. 544 to No. 766. The list pegs Trump's fortune at $3.1 billion, $400 million less than in 2017. Forbes notes that New York City'... More »

Bill Gates Donates $100M to Fighting Alzheimer's

The donation is personal, not from the Gates Foundation

(Newser) - Bill Gates has long been a philanthropist through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, donating millions to combat diseases and poverty. But the Microsoft co-founder has now decided to make a personal donation of his own. A big one. Gates says that he will be donating $100 million to fund... More »

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 »

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