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    1. January 31, 2016

      Bill Gates makes wholesome revelations on Desert Island Discs

      Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. But sometimes, pace F Scott Fitzgerald, not...

    2. December 15, 2015

      Climate deal: Carbon dated?

      If there was one sound that captured the frantic nature of the talks that led to the Paris climate change deal last...

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    1. December 14, 2015

      VW needs more therapy to change its flawed mindset

      Volkswagen’s preliminary explanation for how it ended up cheating in emissions tests reminded me of an old joke: how...

    2. November 30, 2015

      COP21: Gates fund to back development of liquid hydrocarbons

      Bill Gates has predicted oil made from sunlight could be available within a decade under a multibillion-dollar drive to...

    3. November 26, 2015

      California dreamin’ while UK companies are languishing

      Ranking corporate empathy has revealed a stark divide between British and US businesses. Nine of the top 10 companies...

    4. November 13, 2015

      Private equity boss pursues ‘patriotic philanthropy’

      Wealthy Americans should consider “patriotic philanthropy” that protects the institutions and the history of the US,...

    5. November 6, 2015

      Giving away a Facebook fortune

      Philanthropists should seek out under-resourced causes, rather than follow their heart into crowded areas, according to...

    6. October 30, 2015

      Gates cautious on ‘impact investing’

      Bill Gates has sounded a note of caution on “impact investing”, the nascent movement promoting investments that have...

    7. October 30, 2015

      Charity at the tip of a unicorn

      If you are strolling around downtown San Francisco these days you might notice an imposing superstructure springing up,...

    8. October 28, 2015

      Review: ‘No Such Thing As a Free Gift’, by Linsey McGoey

      The stated priorities of the communications office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have recently added a new...

    9. October 23, 2015

      ‘Entrepreneurs make the best philanthropists’

      Entrepreneurs are likely to make better philanthropists than corporate executives, because they are less embarrassed...

    10. October 22, 2015

      Bill Gates calls for rethink on climate change cash

      Bill Gates has weighed into one of the most fraught climate change debates by calling for a rethink of how rich...

    11. September 14, 2015

      The pitfalls of the Microsoft and Apple ‘frenemy’ pact

      If you were surprised when a senior Microsoft executive took the stage at Apple’s latest product launch last week, you...

    12. June 29, 2015

      To pick a know-all chief executive is just plain dumb

      When Deutsche Bank named John Cryan as its new chief executive three weeks ago, the commentary had an insidious...

    13. June 25, 2015

      Q&A: Robots, Uber and the role of government

      Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was interviewed by Lionel...

    14. June 25, 2015

      Gates to double investment in renewable energy projects

      Bill Gates is planning to double his personal investment in innovative green technologies to $2bn over the next five...

    15. June 2, 2015

      Warren Buffett adds new billionaires to ‘giving pledge’

      Warren Buffett forecast that US-style philanthropy is catching on among billionaires in other countries, as he unveiled...

    16. May 7, 2015

      Gates Foundation vows $75m to probe emerging world child deaths

      Bill Gates urged the international community to invest more in disease surveillance as his foundation committed $75m to...

    17. May 1, 2015

      Woodstock of Capitalism’s odd couple

      Bill Gates is not expecting to triumph in his table tennis match this weekend. The Microsoft founder will once again be...

    18. March 18, 2015

      Bloomberg and Gates launch fund to fight Big Tobacco

      Billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates have launched an anti-smoking legal fund designed to help lower-income...

    19. January 22, 2015

      ‘A bit of luck’ halted Ebola, says Bill Gates

      Bill Gates has warned that the world will need to react more quickly next time there is a deadly outbreak similar to...

    20. December 8, 2014

      FCC positions itself for recovery with backing of billionaires

      Other than their astronomical fortunes, what do Carlos Slim, George Soros and Bill Gates have in common? The answer is...

    21. November 25, 2014

      The capitalists sold the mills and bought all our futures

      If you want to measure the capital possessed by a nation, there are two ways of doing it. One is to travel the length...

    22. November 4, 2014

      The second richest man of all time was poorer than us

      Nathan Rothschild was the richest man in the world when he died in 1836. A list compiled by Forbes magazine, ranks him...

    23. September 3, 2014

      A thinker whose heft impressed Bill Gates

      In histories of the past decade, one under-recognised landmark date is August 11 2004. That was the day the...

    24. August 1, 2014

      The entrepreneur who has challenged the French establishment

      In France, Xavier Niel is seen either as an oafish troublemaker with a sleazy past or a US-style entrepreneur who has...

    25. July 11, 2014

      Buffett, Gates and Adelson criticise Congress on immigration

      The investor Warren Buffett has joined forces with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Sheldon Adelson, a casino mogul and...

    26. June 19, 2014

      New Victorians must leave Gates and Bono in the savannah’s dust

      In the 1970s, I worked in Africa for an Italian non-governmental organisation and we left a trail of destruction...

    27. Business Blog

      February 10, 2014

      Microsoft may make more money from its CEO than from its products

      Nadella channelling Zuckerberg (photo: Microsoft) Executive biographies keep a low profile on most company websites....

    28. February 6, 2014

      Shareholder unease over Microsoft reshuffle

      Some of Microsoft’s major shareholders are expressing unease over this week’s management reshuffle, in which founder...

    29. February 4, 2014

      Timeline: Microsoft through the years

      Bill Gates has stepped down from his chairmanship at Microsoft after more than 30 years in the role. The software...

    30. January 24, 2014

      Western vanities that do little to help the world’s poor

      Bill Gates said last week that the world is better than it has ever been. Contentment may come easily to the richest...

    31. January 3, 2014

      Spanish infrastructure: risk on

      These are trying times for the risk-hungry. Piling into dodgy assets, from low-graded bonds to biotech start-ups, has...

    32. December 3, 2013

      London’s mayor is half right on envy, greed and inequality

      Boris Johnson has a talent for carefully calculated imprudence. The London mayor says, apparently artlessly, things...

    33. November 1, 2013

      An exclusive interview with Bill Gates

      Bill Gates describes himself as a technocrat. But he does not believe that technology will save the world. Or, to be...

    34. October 22, 2013

      Bill Gates bets on Spain’s recovery with FCC investment

      Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has made a big bet on the recovery of Spain’s construction sector by becoming the...

    35. October 4, 2013

      Steve Ballmer’s bonus hit by Surface and Windows 8 disappointment

      Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s outgoing chief executive, received only 40 per cent of his possible bonus for the year that...

    36. October 3, 2013

      Microsoft investors wary of Gates’ role in chief executive search

      Some of Microsoft’s biggest shareholders have expressed concern about the effect that Bill Gates’ outsized influence at...

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      September 27, 2013

      JPMorgan & Gates Foundation: good business?

      EM health starts here Towering above the Manhattan skyline, the 50th floor of JPMorgan’s headquarters is as remote from...

    38. June 4, 2013

      Bill Gates leads $35m investment in social network for scientists

      Bill Gates has led a $35m investment in ResearchGate, a social network for scientists, marking a divergence in the...

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