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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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    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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. October 27, 2010

    Income levy plan divides richest residents

    A ballot initiative in Washington state that would impose an income tax on its wealthiest residents is pitting some of the...

  35. October 19, 2010

    Ozzie leaves Microsoft on a cloud

    In an unguarded moment, Ray Ozzie, the man charged by Bill Gates with setting the technological direction for Microsoft,...

  36. October 19, 2010

    Microsoft cloud computing leader to depart

    Ray Ozzie, the software visionary who was hired to galvanise Microsoft’s attempt to overhaul its business for the internet...

  37. October 8, 2010

    Seattle tax referendum

    Is it class envy or community spirit? Seattle, America’s coolest (OK, wettest) city, is split over a proposal to introduce...

  38. May 26, 2010

    Bach departs amid Microsoft shake-up

    Microsoft yesterday ann-ounced that Robbie Bach, its longest-serving top executive and head of its entertainment and devices...

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