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Bill Gates: 'Do People Really Believe This Stuff?'

The philanthropist is the target of conspiracy theories

(Newser) - Have you heard that Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates wants to use coronavirus vaccines to insert tracking microchips into people? Well, Bill Gates has heard it, and he says it’s “science fiction,” per USA Today . And if it could be done, a puzzled Gates tells the...

This Man Owns the Most Farmland in the US

Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres

(Newser) - When you hear the name Bill Gates, what comes to mind? Microsoft. Billionaire. Philanthropist. How about farmer? Gates has amassed 242,000 acres of farmland across 18 states, Forbes reports, making him the top private farmland owner in the US. Some of his largest holdings include 69,071 acres in...

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Gates to Biden: Let's Not 'Blow' the Vaccine Rollout

Lack of communication between administrations could impede the process, he says

(Newser) - Developing, testing, and distributing a coronavirus vaccine is tough enough. But Bill Gates pointed out something else Sunday that's compounding the difficulties. "The transition is complicating," Gates said on CNN . The Microsoft co-founder is encouraged, however, because "the new administration is willing to rely on actual...

'James Bond of Philanthropy' Has Gone 'Broke'

Billionaire Chuck Feeney inspired Warren Buffett's giving

(Newser) - Chuck Feeney made billions after co-founding airport retailer Duty Free Shoppers in 1960. He's been "living a life of monklike frugality" ever since, according to Forbes , which reports the world is better for it. The "James Bond of philanthropy" has anonymously donated more than $8 billion to...

Bill Gates Sr. Dies at 94
Bill Gates Sr. Dead at 94

Bill Gates Sr. Dead at 94

Microsoft founder remembers his father in a blog post

(Newser) - William H. Gates Sr., father to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, died Monday at age 94. The younger Gates announced his dad's death in a blog post , calling him "one of the hardest-working and most respected lawyers in Seattle" as well as a civic leader. He recalls the influence...

Bill Gates: US Pandemic Response is 'Shocking'

He also doesn't expect a vaccine before Election Day

(Newser) - Bill Gates has some bad news for President Trump, who has suggested that a coronavirus vaccine could be available by Election Day. Gates tells CNBC that he doesn't see it happening. "None of the vaccines are likely to seek approval in the US before the end of October,...

The Rich(est) Keep Getting Richer
Elon Musk
Joins an Elite Club

Elon Musk Joins an Elite Club

He is now one of 4 'centibillionaires' on the planet

(Newser) - MacKenzie Scott may just become the world's richest woman after all . Her ex-husband, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, should be celebrating, too. Bezos' wealth topped $200 billion on Wednesday as shares in the e-commerce giant hit a record. As Bloomberg reports, the climb brings Scott "to the brink of...

Don't Get Your Hopes Up for a Single-Dose Vaccine: Gates

Bill Gates says we'll likely need multiple doses

(Newser) - While scientists hoped to develop a coronavirus vaccine that would require just one dose, that does not appear to be likely, Bill Gates warned Wednesday. "None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," he told CBS Evening News . And "...

Twitter Accounts of the Rich and Famous All Hacked at the Same Time

The victims include Barack Obama, Elon Musk, and Kanye West

(Newser) - Big-name Twitter accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Kanye West, and many others were hacked Wednesday in an elaborate cyberscam that relieved victims of over $110,000. Looks like crypto-scammers took over the accounts for more than two hours, posting tweets that urged people to send money...

Bill Gates Offers His Own Time Range for Vaccine

Anywhere from 9 months to 2 years from now, he writes

(Newser) - The world anxiously awaits a coronavirus vaccine, and according to Bill Gates, there are a bunch on the horizon that look especially favorable. The Microsoft co-founder says there are more than 100 vaccines in development right now, and of those, "eight to 10 ... look particularly promising," per his...

Bill Gates: 'Impossible to Overstate the Pain' We'll Face

Billionaire warns 'first modern pandemic' is far from over

(Newser) - Bill Gates has plenty to say about the current pandemic—more than 6,000 words, in fact. In a blog post , the billionaire philanthropist offers what Axios calls a "brutal reality check on the coronavirus reopening," noting we do not yet have the innovations—in treatment, testing, contact...

Bill Gates Is Now Favorite Target of Conspiracy Theories

Bizarre tales abound on the internet regarding him and the coronavirus

(Newser) - Bill Gates has been warning the world about a pandemic for years, and now that we've got one, Gates himself is getting some unwanted attention. The New York Times reports that he's now the No. 1 topic of wild conspiracy theories related to the coronavirus, as tracked by...

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...

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...

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 "...

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...

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...

Elizabeth Warren's New Critic: Bill Gates
Fighting Back
Over Warren's
the rundown

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...

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...

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