For a Few Billion Dollars More

May 05, 2021

The Guardian’s wealth correspondent, Rupert Neate, is an unrelenting fan of philanthropist Bill Gates. On April 11, he effusively praised the fact that “billionaires — including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey — have committed huge amounts of their money to...

The Missing Pieces to Avoid a Climate Disaster

March 25, 2021

After stepping down as Microsoft CEO in 2000, Bill Gates gradually shifted his focus to the operations of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which set out to improve global health and development, as well as education in the US. Partially through his role with the foundation, Gates came to...

Bill Gates Leaves Microsoft Behind to Save a Troubled World

March 17, 2020

Many people would consider Bill Gates’ announcement that he is stepping down from the board of directors of Microsoft a historical event, even in these times dominated by the coronavirus crisis that has squeezed most other stories out of the news cycle. Gates became a legend as the founder of...

Buffett, Munger and Gates Share Their Wisdom

May 08, 2019

Can celebrity billionaires be guilty of impoverished thought? Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting has provided a media platform to see whether that’s true. Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha," whose wisdom everyone with the ambition to be one day worth $80 billion listens to attentively,...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Is Trump “Open-Minded”?

September 20, 2018

Bill Gates actually believes Donald Trump has a mind and that it’s open for philanthropic business. At least one famous and influential person, Bill Gates, is willing to step up and recognize the intellectual merits of Donald Trump, currently excoriated by even senior members of his...

A Muslim Leader Honored in the US

March 20, 2018

Religious leaders such as the Aga Khan may be difficult to decipher in Western contexts. On March 14, the governor of Georgia presented a state proclamation to Prince Shah Karim al-Hussaini, the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. The proclamation recognizes the Aga...

Trump vs. Buffett: The Two Sides of Billionaire Culture

February 27, 2017

Even while criticizing the wealthy and suspecting them of undermining democracy, Americans need to believe that money doesn’t necessarily corrupt. This year may be remembered as either the beginning or the end of the golden age of billionaires. One has miraculously become president of the...