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    1. 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 a...

    2. 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 and...

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    1. 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 as...

    2. 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 International...

    3. 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 shaken...

    4. 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...

    5. 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 wherever we...

    6. 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. Not so...

    7. 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 Bill...

    8. 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 man on...

    9. 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 been a...

    10. 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 others...

    11. 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 more...

    12. 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...

    13. 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 ended...

    14. 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 the...

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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...

    16. August 23, 2013

      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 company...

    17. 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 Microsoft...

    18. May 8, 2013

      Microsoft has just blown its oldest trick

      In the browser wars that began in the 1990s, it took more than a decade for regulators to stop Microsoft exploiting its...

    19. May 7, 2013

      Microsoft: Nothing ventured ...

      Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, once declared that to “win big you sometimes have to take big risks”. News that Microsoft...

    20. May 7, 2013

      Ballmer’s legacy at Microsoft on the line with Windows 8 rethink

      Can Windows 8 be saved? That question looms large over Microsoft – and the career of chief executive Steve Ballmer – as the...

    21. April 30, 2013

      A different kind of philanthropy

      There is no sign on the front door of his headquarters and until this week not even a website to explain its aims. But...

    22. February 19, 2013

      Billionaires pledge to give money away

      A dozen billionaires from Europe, Australasia and Africa have joined the world’s most elite club by publicly committing to...

    23. January 30, 2013

      South Africa’s Motsepe joins Giving Pledge

      Patrice Motsepe, South Africa’s first black billionaire, has pledged to donate at least half of the wealth generated by his...

    24. November 16, 2012

      A whole new Ballmer game

      When Steve Ballmer is having fun, everybody knows it. It’s not just the famously booming voice and sweatily energetic public...

    25. July 30, 2012

      Liverpool school expands disease research

      The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is recruiting about 150 scientists and researchers as it embarks on an expansion...

    26. July 12, 2012

      Donors pledge $2.6bn for family planning

      International donors pledged $2.6bn in fresh funding over the next eight years to provide contraceptives to 120m women in...

    27. February 23, 2012

      Gates attacks ‘outdated’ UN food agencies

      Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder turned philanthropist, has broken a taboo in the development community by publicly...

    28. January 30, 2012

      A beacon of US power and ambition

      Philanthropy in America: A History, by Olivier Zunz, Princeton University Press, RRP$29.95 Writing in The New Yorker in...

    29. August 28, 2011

      Big gun takes aim at the clouds

      If it pays to know your enemy, Paul Maritz is sitting pretty. As the boss of VMware, a Californian company that has risen...

    30. June 25, 2011

      Dropouts look to learn from Zuckerberg

      An increase in the number of students dropping out of US universities to follow their dreams and launch start-up companies...

    31. May 26, 2011

      Greenlight’s Einhorn calls for Ballmer’s departure

      David Einhorn, president of $5bn hedge fund Greenlight Capital, has called on the board of Microsoft to sack Steve Ballmer...

    32. May 11, 2011

      Microsoft must simplify for speed

      Steve Ballmer became chief executive of Microsoft in January 2000, a few months before a federal judge ordered the company...

    33. May 11, 2011

      Microsoft must simplify for speed

      Steve Ballmer became chief executive of Microsoft in January 2000, a few months before a federal judge ordered the company...

    34. April 6, 2011

      No choice but to chase the ‘high-tech hellhounds’

      Business is personal. It doesn’t matter if you’re the boss of a struggling start-up or a multibillionaire, there are often...

    35. March 30, 2011

      Microsoft memoir tells of Gates ‘rip off’ plan

      Bill Gates drove a tough bargain with his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, at one stage even discussing what amounted to...

    36. November 20, 2010

      Gates Foundation should prioritise family planning

      From Mr José Cotta. Sir, Third world birth rates combined with access to first world medical aid have contributed...

    37. November 12, 2010

      Inside the Gates Foundation

      The new premises of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are due to open in spring 2011 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation...

    38. October 30, 2010

      Lunch with the FT: Bill Gates

      I am sitting on a bar stool. On the other side of a round metal table, the world’s second richest man is sipping a Diet...

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