Билл Гейтс Уильям Генри Гейтс III (William Henry Gates III), 28 октября 1955, Сиэтл, Вашингтон, более известный как Билл Гейтс (Bill Gates) &laquo;Он стал гиком до появления этого понятия&raquo;: 60 лет Биллу Гейтсу &nbsp; https://ru.insider.pro/infographics/2017-09-23/kak-sozdavalsya-microsoft-istoriya-billa-gejtsa-v-odnoj-infografike/ http://so-l.ru/tags/show/bill_geyts Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:43:13 +0300 <![CDATA[Second Richest Man Spouts Nonsense]]>  

In a New Year’s Eve blog post, multi-billionaire Bill Gates Jr. called for raising taxes even higher on rich people like himself. Here are some relevant parts of his post (in boxes) along with my comments.

Although I’m not an expert on the tax code, here are some steps I think America should take to make its tax system more fair.

We should shift more of the tax burden onto capital, including by raising the capital gains tax, probably to the same level as taxes on labor. (bold in original)

It is true that shifting more of the tax burden onto capital would likely reduce inequality, the thing he worries about. But I for one am not upset that he is substantially richer than me: he earned it. (Indeed, he would likely be even wealthier if the feds hadn’t pursued his company with an absurd antitrust suit that I wrote about. The economy is unfair: to him.)

What I don’t want is for tax policy to discourage accumulation of capital, which is what his proposal would do. With less capital accumulation than otherwise, the ratio of capital to labor would be lower than otherwise and, therefore, productivity and real wages would be lower than otherwise. So inequality would fall and most of us would be worse off than otherwise. Thanks, Bill.

At least he admits he’s not an expert on the tax code.

He writes:

I don’t see any reason to favor wealth over work the way we do today.

I don’t think he’s looked hard. There’s an obvious reason: it’s called double taxation, or even triple taxation. You get taxed when you earn wages or salaries (once), then you get taxed when you invest some of the savings (twice) from those wages into corporations (you’re taxed implicitly on the dividends), and then you get taxed again (triple) on the capital gains when the value of the stock rises. And part of this last tax is a tax on phantom capital gains because the capital gains are not adjusted for inflation. If a stock holds its real value at $100 over 10 years, but cumulative inflation over those 10 years is 20 percent so that the nominal value of the stock is $120 at the end of the ten years, you get taxed on that $20 phantom gain if you sell.

Gates writes:

I’m also in favor of raising the estate tax and closing the loopholes in it that many wealthy people take advantage of. A dynastic system where you can pass vast wealth along to your children is not good for anyone; the next generation doesn’t end up with the same incentive to work hard and contribute to the economy. It’s one of the many reasons that Melinda and I are giving almost all of our wealth back to society through our foundation, rather than passing all of it along to our children. (bold in original)

That’s now quadruple taxation. Bill Gates has his own value judgement and wants to act on it. Good for him. And notice that he gets to choose whom to give his wealth to, which is not something that would be true with a loophole-free estate tax. Would he be indifferent between spending more on helping dirt-poor people in Africa, which his and his wife’s foundation do now, or having the Pentagon have more money to spend on arms? How much thinking did he really do on New Year’s Eve?

And notice his idea that he’s giving their wealth back. No they’re not. They didn’t take it. They earned it. Maybe I should wish that he hadn’t dropped out of Harvard where, had he taken Ec 10 from Marty Feldstein, he would have learned a thing or two. And what about people who want to give their wealth to their children? Like him, I think it could be a bad idea, but why shouldn’t those parents be able to deploy their wealth according to their wishes? Bill Gates, with his and his wife’s foundation, truly does have a noble idea about how to use his wealth to help others. But he has a lot of gall in proposing that the government take wealth from people who don’t share his idea.

Next up: Billionaire Mark Cuban spouts nonsense.



http://so-l.ru/news/y/2020_01_08_second_richest_man_spouts_nonsense Wed, 08 Jan 2020 01:35:28 +0300
<![CDATA[Традиционные 5 книг от Билла Гейтса]]> списком прошлого года, в этот раз мы видим много беллетристики. А могло бы быть и больше. Билли Гейтс посетовал, что еще не дочитал «Облачный атлас» Дэвида Митчела, а в следующем году в итоговый обзор вполне может войти «Бесконечная шутка» Дэвида Фостера Уоллеса.

Из книг этого года только последняя доступна в русском переводе, но надеемся, что наших читателей это не остановит.

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<![CDATA[Invisible Ink Tattoos Could Be Used By The Elites To Identify Unvaccinated Kids]]> ]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_12_25_invisible_ink_tattoos_could_be_used_by_t Wed, 25 Dec 2019 05:10:59 +0300 <![CDATA[Bill Gates Wants to Export India’s National ID System Around the Globe]]> ]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_12_06_activist_post Fri, 06 Dec 2019 20:01:49 +0300 <![CDATA[The Assault on Wealth, by David Henderson]]>

As noted above, I don’t accept that behind every fortune, or even most fortunes, is a great crime. Interestingly also, neither does the main economist who got the ball rolling on wealth taxes earlier this decade. The economist who, more than any other, made attacks on the wealthy more generally respected, is Frenchman Thomas Piketty. His 2014 best seller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, which, incidentally, made him a wealthy man—by January 2015, it had sold 1.5 million copies—gave a sustained argument for heavy taxes on wealth. But even Piketty admits that one can acquire a huge fortune without committing a crime.

Piketty writes, “To be frank, I know virtually nothing about exactly how Carlos Slim [the richest man in Mexico] or Bill Gates became rich, and I am quite incapable of assessing their relative merits.” Translation: even if they didn’t commit crimes, the government should take a substantial portion of their wealth. Addressing the possible relationship between crime and wealth, Piketty continues, “In any case, the courts cannot resolve every case of ill-gotten gains or unjustified wealth. A tax on capital would be a less blunt and more systematic instrument for dealing with the question.” Excuse me? A tax on capital is less blunt than using the legal system to go after those who have committed crimes? That makes no sense. If the goal is to go after ill-gotten gains or unjustified wealth, a tax on capital, i.e., wealth, is a completely blunt instrument.

This is from my latest article for Hoover’s Defining Ideas, “The Assault on Wealth,” December 4, 2019. Read the whole thing.

And notice that I quoted from a popular 1960s song at the start from a group that included my fellow Canadian Neil Young.

http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_12_06_the_assault_on_wealth_by_david_henderso Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:58:46 +0300
<![CDATA[Inside Bill’s Brain, by Maurice Black]]> In his new three-part Netflix documentary, Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, Davis Guggenheim remarks that when he first went to meet the Microsoft co-founder, he found him combing line by line through the Minnesota state budget. In Gates’s tote bag were 37 other state budgets, awaiting similar forensic analysis. Such detail-oriented focus has long defined Gates, who, on a plane ride to a crucial early business meeting, wrote a bootloader for the Altair 8800 microcomputer entirely by hand. A single error would have caused the bootloader to fail, but when Gates entered his code on the other end, it worked perfectly. These anecdotes suggest that “inside Bill’s brain” is an orderly, logical, endlessly meticulous thought process. Gates himself compares his mind to a computer’s processor—but when his wife Melinda discovers that Guggenheim’s documentary will focus on her husband’s brain, she bursts out laughing, throws up her hands, and blurts out “It’s CHAOS in there!” There is so much going on, she explains, so much disorder and hyperactivity, that she would not want to live in that brain.


How do we reconcile Gates’ image of his mind as an orderly processor with Melinda’s of his mind as chaos? Are these opposing ideas—or can both be true? As the series unfolds, it offers a critical insight: Our minds are valuable not only for their data-crunching powers, but for their ability to think creatively and synthetically, finding new patterns and new ideas that no-one else can see.


Inside Bill’s Brain traverses Gates’s career, from his early interest in programming to his meteoric success as co-founder and CEO of Microsoft to his transition to co-chair of the world’s largest charitable foundation. Along the way, it highlights the key relationships in Gates’ life—with his mother, his childhood friends (notably Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen), his wife Melinda, and his mentor Warren Buffett. But the most compelling parts of the documentary series are those that show Gates alone, thinking, reading, and churning on pressing problems. Order and chaos combine: The disciplined focus that made Gates wealthy and successful coexists with a primal need to tackle complex problems in a manner that is not always logical, orderly, or linear. Gates’ strength, Guggenheim suggests, comes not only from his single-minded focus, but also from his ability to synthesize knowledge across seemingly disparate fields to arrive at innovative, often surprising solutions.


A legendary workaholic, Gates once spent punitively long hours in the office, even memorizing employees’ license plates so he could keep tabs on who else was staying late. In the 1990s, though, he began breaking up his schedule with “think weeks” devoted to solitary reading and deep thought. Today, he spends even more time in “think week” mode, often retreating to an isolated cabin with a tote bag of books that his assistant replenishes regularly with titles such as John Doerr’s Measure What Matters, Don and Alex Tapscott’s Blockchain Revolution, and Max Tegmark’s Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Gates rapidly absorbs book after book—he reportedly reads 150 pages an hour with 90 percent retention. All of it is at once wildly peripatetic and terrifically focused: Gates wants to solve the huge world problems other people have not been able to solve, and knows that doing that requires him to synthesize vast amounts of reading across radically different fields.


Over the course of three hour-long episodes, we see Gates’ data-crunching mind at work as he challenges foundation grantees to solve problems in sanitation (engineering toilets and sewage processing plants for the developing world that require no outside electricity or plumbing), disease eradication (using quantitative analysis to eliminate polio), and energy (designing a clean, efficient, and safe nuclear reactor that could use existing stocks of nuclear waste to power the United States for centuries ahead). He pursues his goals with dogged resilience. When obstacles crop up, as when terrorists target polio vaccinators in northern Nigeria, he doubles down, commissioning more research and adding resources. He never gives up.


To focus so single-mindedly on large, complex problems requires a mind almost entirely impervious to distraction. And so it’s fascinating to see how one of the information revolution’s chief architects relies heavily on low-tech tools. Gates fills stacks of blank books with handwritten notes, scribbles endlessly on whiteboards, and invites experts to the foundation’s offices for hours of intense face-to-face conversation. He reads bound books at a simple desk, without a smartphone in sight.


Gates’s work process fascinates precisely because it differs dramatically from the norm in today’s working world. Many employees now sit in open-plan offices where distraction is the norm. We are never far from digital devices that demand our constant attention—the average American now spends almost four hours a day on his or her phone, while McKinsey finds that the average professional spends 28 percent of the work day on email alone.


A growing number of articles, podcasts, and books—including William Treseder’s Reset: Building Purpose in the Age of Digital Distraction, Nir Eyal’s Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, and Frances Booth’s Distraction Trap: How to Focus in a Digital World—signal a modern conversation about the consequences of all this digital distraction. Above all, they reflect a pressing anxiety about what is happening to our very humanity as digital distraction diminishes our ability to focus on our work, our children, our relationships, and our lives.


It’s no surprise, then, that “attention economics” has become an increasingly important topic in behavioral economics. Friedrich Hayek made important early contributions in his 1952 book The Sensory Order, showing how the mind transforms sensory input into decisions and actions that affect how we interrelate in a market economy. The field has been developed through the contributions of Herbert Simon, Michael Goldhaber, Georg Franck, Tom Davenport, and John C. Beck, among others. Today, we find attention economics—once a sedate academic specialty—acquiring real practical urgency. Arguing that “the ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy,” Deep Work author Cal Newport proposes that those who cultivate sustained, uninterrupted focus will thrive. A corollary, of course, is that those whose attention is endlessly fragmented by a growing array of devices will fail to accomplish much of note.


For this reason, Inside Bill’s Brain should interest anyone interested in preserving (or reclaiming) their mental focus. It implicitly shows us that true economic value lies not in frantically keeping up with emails, text messages, status updates, and Slack notifications, but in channeling our cognitive energies in ways that make it possible to achieve breakthroughs that others cannot—and so make the world a healthier, happier, better place.


*  Maurice Black is a writer, story consultant, and producer of MISS VIRGINIA (2019)

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_11_21_inside_bill_s_brain_by_maurice_black Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:31:18 +0300
<![CDATA[Как Дональд Трамп помог Биллу Гейтсу опять стать самым богатым в мире]]> Сменился мировой лидер в рейтинге самых состоятельных людей мира. Вместо главы Amazon Джеффа Безоса им стал глава Microsoft Билл Гейтс. Непосредственную роль в смене позиций сыграл президент США Дональд Трамп, для которого Безос является личным врагом.

Свежие данные состояний опубликовало агентство Bloomberg. Согласно этой информации Билл Гейтс сейчас стоит 110 млрд долларов. А Безос отстал от него на миллиард и его состояние составляет 109 млрд. На третьем месте расположился основной акционер производителя предметов роскоши и дорого алкоголя – LVMH – француз Бернар Арно, у него 103 млрд.

Понятно, что это условные цифры, означающие стоимость акций. А не реальное количество денег того или иного миллиардера.

Но эксперты обратили внимание на тот факт, что буквально за несколько дней до смены первого и второго мест в этом списке произошло объявление результатов тендера, который проводил Пентагон. Он искал подрядчика для создания облачных технологий. В финал вышли две компании Microsoft и Amazon. Цена контракта составляла 10 млрд долларов.

Amazon проиграл. В компании Безоса обвинили в произошедшем Дональда Трампа, который якобы дал прямое указание «выкинуть Безоса» из этого тендера.

Правды в этой истории, скорее всего, мы никогда не узнаем. Но хороши известно, что Безос и Трамп испытывают друг к другу крайнюю личную неприязнь. Принадлежащая Безосу газета The Washington Post регулярно поливает Трампа грязью.

Читайте также: «Как Трамп «успокоил» Безоса на $10 млрд. Виновата политика, а не бизнес Amazon».

Трамп в долгу не остается и отвечает через свой Twitter, который уже давно стал самостоятельным СМИ. Только за время своего президентства Трамп опубликовал в нем более 11 тысяч твитов. В том числе, очень много из них посвящено личным врагам Трампа, включая Безоса. Так что исключать того факта, что Трамп действительно дал такие указания, конечно, нельзя.

Вообще все президентство Трампа происходит очень эмоционально и даже зачастую вне логики. Его оппоненты из Демократической партии упорно хотят добиться его импичмента, хотя никаких шансов на него у них нет. Сам Трамп это прекрасно осознает и поэтому сохраняет спокойствие.

Напомним, что до нынешней попытки импичмента более двух лет демократы пытались доказать мнимую связь Трампа с Россией и тем, что именно наша страна оказала ему помощь в победе на выборах. Как известно, такая связь доказана спецпрокурором Робертом Мюллером доказана не была.

Отметим, что Трамп продемонстрировал себя, как человек, который помнит все обиды, которые ему нанесли, как отдельные миллиардеры, так и целые государства. Так, жертвой этой обиды уже стала Украина, который Трамп урезал все финансирование по военным программам. Формально это связано с тем, что на Украине очень сильная коррупция.

Но неофициально считается, что Трамп не простил Украине поддержку в 2016 году Хиллари Клинтон. И хотя политическое руководство Украины полностью сменилось Трамп и слышать не хочет о возобновлении контактов с Украиной, игнорируя встречи с новым президентом Владимиром Зеленским.

Источник: INFOX

http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_11_17_kak_donald_tramp_pomog_billu_geytsu_opya Sun, 17 Nov 2019 02:22:16 +0300
<![CDATA[Билл Гейтс впервые за два года стал самым богатым человеком в мире]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_11_16_bill_geyts_vpervie_za_dva_goda_stal_sami Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:51:00 +0300 <![CDATA[Elizabeth Warren helps out 'confused' billionaires with new tax calculator]]> New tool shows how much Bill Gates and friends would pay under Warren’s plan, and guess what: they’ll still be really rich!

Billionaires seem to be nervous about the prospect of Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders winning the Democratic nomination for president. On Thursday, the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg opened the door to a possible 2020 run – which would make him the second billionaire, alongside Tom Steyer, to finance a run for the White House. A day earlier, Bill Gates expressed disdain for Warren’s proposed wealth tax.

Related: ‘The stakes are enormous’: is Hillary Clinton set for a White House run?

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<![CDATA[Elizabeth Warren offers to explain her wealth tax to Bill Gates]]> The billionaire balked at Warren’s tax policies during a conference Wednesday, prompting a response from the Democratic candidate

Elizabeth Warren, who has welcomed, and even rejoiced in the ire of billionaires who oppose her plans to tax the wealthy, can now count the second richest person in the world among her skeptics.

Speaking at the New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday, Bill Gates balked at Warren’s tax policies. “I’ve paid over $10bn in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” he said. “If I had to pay $20bn, it’s fine.” “But when you say I should pay $100bn, then I’m starting to do a little math over what I have leftover.”

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_11_07_elizabeth_warren_offers_to_explain_her_w Thu, 07 Nov 2019 06:06:57 +0300
<![CDATA[5 Life-Changing Books That Billionaire Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read]]> There are so many people who have found success just by following the old adage, “fake it until you make it.” Want to achieve similar results in your own life? Start acting more like a billionaire. And the easiest way to start is by delving into the topics that the second richest man in the world, Bill Gates, likes to learn about.

Most people will never have the privilege of enjoying a one on one chat with Bill Gates. But it is possible to glean some of the advice he might give you if you did ever get the chance. Ahead, check out five books that Bill Gates thinks everyone should read.

They’re not guaranteed to make you a billionaire, but you can at least think like one!

Bill Gates
Bill Gates | LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images

Bill Gates reads serious books

To the surprise of no one, Bill Gates favors non-fiction and classic stories instead of modern fiction. While there’s nothing wrong with fiction as a genre, Gates is one of many busy people who prioritize more serious books with the limited time they have for leisure reading.

In the blog post documenting his reading recommendations, Bill Gates also recommended checking out his wife Melinda Gates’ book, The Moment of Lift. “I know I’m biased, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year,” he said.

‘Upheaval’ by Jared Diamond

This non-fiction book takes on the fascinating topic of how different societies respond to inevitable tragedies. It explores different real-life events including civil wars, foreign enemies, and unrest among the people.

Gates said, “It sounds a bit depressing, but I finished the book even more optimistic about our ability to solve problems than I started.”

‘Nine Pints’ by Rose George

This book about blood — which Gates admits is not a great choice for anyone squeamish — is named for the average volume of blood in an adult. This non-fiction selection will teach you more about the nature of blood and the ways it’s used than you ever thought possible.

‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles

Not every reading recommendation on Bill Gates’ recommended reading list is non-fiction.

This historical fiction pick documents a 30-year saga of an aristocrat on house arrest inside a Moscow hotel. The best part? This book was popular a few years ago, so there probably isn’t a waiting list at the library anymore. But it’s still worth reading.

Gates called it, “an amazing story that anyone can enjoy.”

‘Presidents of War’ by Michael Beschloss

Another non-fiction selection that explores leadership, Presidents of War discusses leadership during the most trying times for any nation — wartime. This lofty tome dissects the office of president during eight major conflicts from the 19th century to the 1970s.

There’s no way you can read this book and not learn something.

‘The Future of Capitalism’ by Paul Collier

The smartest thinkers in society don’t just read books about topics they fully support. Bill Gates admits that he’s not on board with all of Collier’s opinions, but at least he’s seen a different perspective from his own.

“Although I don’t agree with him about everything—I think his analysis of the problem is better than his proposed solutions—his background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed,” Gates explained.

Read the original article from The Cheat Sheet]]>
http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_11_05_5_life_changing_books_that_billionaire_b Tue, 05 Nov 2019 03:10:15 +0300
<![CDATA[Whose Kids Have a Higher Net Worth: Bill Gates’ or Steve Jobs’?]]> There are few better things in this world than being born into money. You basically come out of the womb with a leg up in the world. But being born with a silver spoon in your mouth doesn’t necessarily equate to long term success. There are many rich kids who grow up to squander their parents’ wealth. Whether you multiply the money your parents give you or lose it largely depends on the relationship that they taught you to have with money.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates | Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images

For instance, Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world goes to great lengths to ensure that his children know the value of a dollar. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, didn’t spend much time with his children.

So, whose kids are better prepared for life? Whose have a higher net worth?

Bill Gates’ kids’ net worths

Phoebe Adele Gates is Bill’s youngest daughter. The 16-year-old is currently worth $10 million. Though she has a lot of money, she is certainly not spoiled. Like the rest of her siblings, Bill tried to instill a sense of discipline in Phoebe. She was not allowed to use a cell phone until she was 14.

“We don’t have cell phones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cell phones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier,” Bill told once told Mirror.

Phoebe Adele Gates, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates
Phoebe Adele Gates, Bill Gates, and Melinda Gates | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jennifer Katharine Gates is Bill’s oldest daughter. The 21-year-old is currently attending Stanford University. Steve’s daughter Eve actually attends the same school. Jennifer is most known for all of her equestrian accolades. She won the $100,000 USEF U25 National Championship competition in Lexington, Kentucky and also won first place in the U.S. Open Hollow Creek Garm Under 25 Grand Prix. She is said to be worth $20 million.

Rory John Gates is Bill’s only son. The 20-year-old rarely makes public appearances or does interviews. He is said to be worth $20 million.

Steve Jobs’ kids

Lisa Brennan-Jobs is Steve’s oldest child. The two had a rocky relationship but according to Fortune, he left his daughter a multi-million dollar inheritance. Her exact net worth is unknown.

Reed Jobs is the first child born to Laurene Powell Jobs and Steve. Not much is known about the 28-year-old.

Erin Siena Jobs is the second child of Steve and Powell Jobs. She grew up with her older brother Reed and younger sister, Eve. The 24-year-old mostly stays out of the limelight.

 Eve Jobs,
Eve Jobs | LUKA GONZALES/AFP/Getty Images

Steve’s youngest daughter, Eve, is a student at Stanford University. The 19-year-old also spends her time competing in equestrian events. She won the CSI 3 Grand Prix at the Split Rock Jumping Tour in Lexington, Kentucky, and the $100,000 Reliable Rentals Grand Prix.

The net worths of Steve’s kids with Powell Jobs aren’t known but when he died, Powell Jobs inherited his money, bringing her to a net worth of $21.9 billion, according to Forbes.

It is unclear how she has divided that money among her children or whether she has given any of it to Steve’s first child, Lisa.

But no matter how she has split up the inheritance, Steve’s children come out with a higher net worth than Bill Gates’.

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http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_10_27_whose_kids_have_a_higher_net_worth_bill Sun, 27 Oct 2019 19:33:34 +0300
<![CDATA[Самый богатый человек в мире потерял почти $7 млрд за сутки]]> http://so-l.ru/news/y/2019_10_25_praym_lenta_novostey_samiy_bogatiy_ch Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:35:42 +0300 <![CDATA[How Did Bill Gates and His Wife Meet?]]> Bill and Melinda Gates might be one of the world’s biggest power couples, but for a long time, we did not know much about their relationship. Though they’ve been together since the ‘80s, they weren’t always as forthcoming about their romance as they are now.

So, let’s start at the beginning. Here’s how Bill Gates met his now-wife.

Bill and Melinda Gates at an event
Bill and Melinda Gates at an event | Photo by Frederic Stevens/Getty Images

Bill and Melinda met through Microsoft

Business Insider reports that these two met in 1987 after Melinda got hired as a product manager at Microsoft. Three weeks into her job, she traveled to New York for work, where she met Gates.

She had been at a dinner event when Gates came in and took a seat next to her.

“There were two chairs open. … I sat down. The next chair was empty. Ten minutes later, Bill came in and sat down next to me,” Melinda recalled in a June episode of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations (via Bloomberg).

After the dinner, Gates invited Melinda to go dancing with him and a few friends. But she turned him down, telling him that she’d already made other plans with a friend. So, they went their separate ways.

Melinda Gates in an interview
Melinda Gates in an interview | Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Bill and Melinda Gates reconnected months later

Several months later, they ran into each other in a parking lot at the Microsoft headquarters and “struck up a conversation.”

After talking for  “a while,” Gates asked Melinda on a date.

“You know I was thinking maybe we could go out — if you give me your phone number — maybe two weeks from tonight,” Gates said, according to an interview Melinda did with Makers.

“And I said to him, ‘Two weeks from tonight? I have no idea what I’m doing two weeks from tonight.’ And I said, ‘You’re not spontaneous enough for me,’” Melinda recalled.

But Gates did not give up.

“He called an hour later and said, ‘Is this spontaneous enough for you?'” she continued.

That time, Melinda agreed to go out with him. They went out for wine and immediately hit it off.

They fell in love about a year later

In the 2019 Netflix docuseries, Inside Bill’s Brain, Gates said that he and Melinda said those three magical words about a year into their relationship.

He said: “Sort of to our surprise, certainly my surprise, we said, ‘Hey, I love you.’ And she said she loved me and then it was like, ‘Wow, and now what is going to happen?’”

They realized that they either needed to take the next step in their relationship or split up.

“You know, we cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married,” Gates continued.

Melinda Gates and Bill Gates speaking on stage
Melinda and Bill Gates speaking on stage | Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Robin Hood

Though he loved Melinda, Gates did not know whether he could really commit to her. ″He had to make a decision,” Melinda said in the docuseries, per CNBC. She said he “wanted to be married, but he didn’t know whether he could actually commit to it and [run] Microsoft.”

Gates wound up making a list of pros and cons regarding marriage to help him figure things out. Ultimately, the good outweighed the bad, and they secretly got married on Jan. 1, 1994 on the island of Lanai following a seven-year relationship.

In the years that followed, they welcomed two daughters and a son. They do a bunch of charity work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and they’re seemingly just as in love today as they were years ago.

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<![CDATA[Striking sanitation workers decry low pay as company makes millions for Bill Gates]]> Employees of Republic Services say their wages have stagnated while stockholders reap huge benefits

Sanitation workers for Republic Services, the second-largest sanitation company in the US, are going on strike amid new union contract negotiations with workers in 10 cities around the country.

The company’s largest single shareholder is the billionaire tech mogul and global philanthropist Bill Gates, whose private investment firm Cascade Holdings owns nearly 34% of the company’s stocks, earning over $100m annually in dividends from the shares. Gates’ investment has become a focus for strikers’ complaints.

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<![CDATA[Why Melinda Gates Made Bill Drive Their Kids to School]]> Bill and Melinda Gates are definitely a power couple in business and in marriage. After meeting at Microsoft and then creating the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the couple knows how to share responsibility and play to each other’s strengths.

Melinda is a big believer in dividing up tasks, including on the home front. She recently spoke about how she and Bill split up their work load not just at the office but also with their family.

Melinda Gates At 2016 The Dreamforce Conference
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Stay-at-home mom

Melinda recently published her book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World,” which shares stories of inspiring women she’s met in areas such as Africa and the Philippines. She also writes about her own personal experiences and how she’s evolved as a wife, mother, and feminist.

In her book, she discusses her decision to leave her job so she could be at home full-time with her three children. “In society there are so many issues that women face and we don’t even realize what we’re up against,” she said, according to NPR. “So I chose to write my story so that hopefully people and women and men could relate to me and understand that yes, these issues exist in every single marriage.”

The former Microsoft exec shares that she knew she eventually wanted to return to the workforce, so there would need to be some changes on the home front. “I wanted to have both a family and I knew I wanted to go back to work. And so [Bill and I] had some negotiation to do. We said, ‘OK who’s going to do what in our home? And how were we going to split up those roles?'” Gates said.

Bill at the wheel

When Melinda and Bill began divvying up tasks, she asked him to take on dropping the kids off at school. In her book, she reveals that a few weeks after Bill took over that responsibility, she began to notice more men were doing drop-offs. She found out that once moms saw Bill at the wheel in the school car line, they enlisted their husbands to do the same.

“The reason I wrote that specific story [is that it’s] an example of this unpaid labor that women do all over the world. In the U.S., women do 90 minutes more of unpaid labor at home than their husbands do. That’s things like doing the dishes, carpooling, doing the laundry,” Melinda said, as reported by NPR.

She saw this is a prime opportunity for change. “Unless we look at that and redistribute it, we’re not going to let women do some of the more productive things they want to do,” Gates explained.

Dividing responsibilities

The mom of three expands on other household chores she and Bill started to split up, though it wasn’t a complete success at first. “We didn’t quite have it right at first and I ended up frustrated. What parent has not ended up frustrated about their level of household duties or tasks?” Melinda said, according to USA Today.

She goes on to share that when it comes to tasks related to family, the mother is often the one with the lion’s share of responsibilities. “So often we assume – both the women and the men in the marriage – that stuff falls to the mom,” Melinda said. “I was trying to show how I had to look at these issues and I had to name my truth to my husband for us to be able to change… I think people have a certain view of Bill, because he was a high-charging CEO running Microsoft. I think people must think, ‘Oh well, Melinda must not really have equality with Bill.’ Actually, I have total equality with Bill. But it took awhile for us to get there.”

Melinda emphasizes that when a couple works together to take care of family needs, the family unit becomes closer and stronger. “You build intimacy in a family. A dad participating more when the child is young, he actually enjoys it,” she said. “Where the woman may have done all of that work and feel overburdened, if a man participates early – and this is why I’m so big on paid family medical leave, not paid maternity leave – we know from good research, he participates much more over the life of the child. And men who participate early also talk about their satisfaction and fulfillment of being a great dad.”

Melinda’s book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” is on sale now!

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<![CDATA[What Is Bill Gates’ Net Worth in 2019? You Won’t Believe What He Does With His Billions]]> You’d have to live under a rock to not realize that Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world. He joins a bevy of other billionaires who literally have more money than they know what to do with — to put it in perspective, a person reaches 1 million seconds old on their eleventh day of life, but they won’t reach 1 billion seconds until they’re 31 years old. That fact really drives home the difference between millionaires and billionaires.

Like so many other billionaires, Bill Gates built his fortune in the tech industry and continues to grow his net worth even to this day. But where does Gates rank amongst the other richest people in the world and more importantly, what is he spending his fortune on? The answer may surprise you.

Bill Gates
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Bill Gates is living proof that nerds rule the world

A few decades ago, few people would have wanted to be classified as a nerdy, book-smart student. But Bill Gates remains one of the pioneers of technology who helped change that long-held perception and proved that being smart is cool — and lucrative.

Bill Gates grew up in Seattle with his parents and two sisters. His father William H. Gates II was an attorney and his late mother Mary Gates was a teacher. Both of his parents encouraged young Bill’s love of computers and technology from an early age. Bill Gates dropped out of college to start his company, Microsoft, with childhood friend Paul Allen.

Bill Gates
Bill Gates | Deborah Feingold/Getty Images

Microsoft changed everything

When Allen and Gates were creating a vision for Microsoft, they dreamed of “a computer on every desktop and in every home.” That may sound like a normal enough concept now — but at the time, it was an outlandish idea that plenty of people thought was impossible.

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and launched Windows 1.0 a decade later, in 1985. The company would go on to become the world’s largest personal computer software company and is valued at $125.8 billion today.

By 2008, Gates chose to leave his day job at the company he started and in 2014 he officially stepped down as chairman and into the role of a technology advisor.

Thanks to Microsoft and other investments, Bill Gates has a net worth of $106 billion. He is the second richest person in the world with only Amazon founder Jeff Bezos counting himself wealthier.

He gives away billions to charity

It’s true that Bill Gates has a lavish home (Xanadu 2.0 in Medina, Washington) and can literally afford to buy anything he wants. But he doesn’t hoard all his billions for himself and actually, he doesn’t even spoil his children. Instead, Gates gives away billions to charity every year.

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda founded The Gates Foundation in 2000 and continue to contribute generously to charitable causes. But even though they gave away $35 billion worth of their fortune last year, they still managed to increase their net worth by $16 billion thanks to an aggressive stock market strategy. They currently have over 60% of their wealth invested, which is leading to huge returns.

Bill Gates refuses to spoil his kids

Bill and Melinda Gates have two daughters and one son. Famously, they didn’t allow the kids to have cell phones until the age of 14 even though their father built one of the largest technology companies in the world. But the Gates family is just trying to teach their children to have good characters and not become spoiled.

With that in mind, it makes sense that the Gates children will only inherit $10 million each. That might sound like a lot of money – but in actuality, it’s only a tiny portion of the Gates’ multi-billion-dollar fortune. The reason for the limited inheritance is simple: Gates doesn’t want them to be lazy.

“We want to strike a balance where they have the freedom to do anything but not a lot of money showered on them so they could go out and do nothing,” Gates explained during a TED talk.

The rest of the Gates family fortune will be given to charitable causes.

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<![CDATA[This is How Bill Gates Decided To Get Married]]> Bill and Melinda Gates are true partners in business and in marriage. First working together at Microsoft and then forming the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the power couple is a shining example of succeeding as a team both professionally and personally.

When they were dating and contemplating the ‘next step,’ Bill employed a practical technique to help him make an informed decision.

Bill and Melinda Gates | Leigh Vogel/WireImage

Met at Microsoft

Bill and Melinda met in 1987 when she was hired as a product manager at Microsoft, according to Business Insider. Melinda revealed that Bill asked her out a few months after she started her job, suggesting a date two weeks in the future.

“And I said to him, ‘Two weeks from tonight? I have no idea what I’m doing two weeks from tonight.’ And I said, ‘You’re not spontaneous enough for me,'” Melinda recalled.

Bill turned out to be quite determined. “He called an hour later and said, ‘Is this spontaneous enough for you?'” Melinda shared. They tied the knot in 1994 on New Year’s Day and went on to have two daughters and a son together.

Stop or go forward

In the recent Netflix docuseries “Inside Bill’s Brain,” director David Guggenheim discusses various topics with Bill about his life, including his inspirations, upcoming goals, and his relationship with Melinda.

Bill shared that at first, he and Melinda dated casually. “She had other boyfriends, and I had Microsoft,” he said. “We were like, ‘Hey we are not really serious about each other, are we? We are not going to demand each other’s time.’” Melinda added, “I was new to Microsoft, there were a lot of men there and… you are still looking around.”

Bill revealed that after about a year of courting, the couple spoke those three little words to each other, saying, “sort of to our surprise, certainly my surprise, we said, ‘Hey, I love you.’” Bill explained. “And she said she loved me and then it was like, ‘Wow, and now what is going to happen?’”

The couple realized they needed to either take the next step in their relationship or go their separate ways. “You know, we cared a lot for each other and there were only two possibilities: either, we were going to break up or we were going to get married,” Bill said.

The white board

As the couple was trying to decide on the status of their relationship, Bill came up with a way to help him think things through. He had to make a decision,” Melinda said in the documentary series. according to CNBC. She said he “wanted to be married, but he didn’t know whether he could actually commit to it and [run] Microsoft.”

In the Netflix miniseries, Melinda shared the moment when she walked into Bill’s bedroom and saw him making a list on a whiteboard, which “had the pros and the cons of getting married,” Melinda said, laughing.

Bill commented that his list-making was proof of how seriously he considered the idea of a permanent union. “I took the idea of marriage very seriously,” he said.

Apparently, the pro list was longer, and the two married after seven years of dating. Bill commented on how he and Melinda complement each other in their relationship. “In the case of Melinda, it is a truly equal partner,” Bill said in the Netflix show. “She’s a lot like me in that she is optimistic and she is interested in science. She is better with people than I am. She’s a tiny bit less hard core about knowing, you know, immunology, than I am.”

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<![CDATA[Prince William and Kate Middleton Hold a Secret Meeting at Kensington Palace]]> Prince William and Kate Middleton hosted a very special guest at Kensington Palace this week. American billionaire Bill Gates joined the couple in their home in London, though their meeting was not on the official schedule. Instead, the three met in private, with Gates’s presence later noted in the Court Circular, a record of all the engagements held by members of the royal family.

Prince William Kate Middleton secret meeting
Prince William and Kate Middleton | Photo by Asadour Guzelian – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Why did Prince William and Kate Middleton meet with Gates?

As it turns out, Gates’s arrival in London had something to do with Prince William and Middleton’s main charitable arm, The Royal Foundation.

According to Hello Magazine, the Microsoft founder met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a potential donor to their charity. As head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has donated well over $30 billion to charitable organizations around the world.

It is unclear if Gates plans on giving funds to The Royal Foundation, but he would definitely be a great addition to the team. Unfortunately, Prince William and Middleton have not commented on his visit, so it is still unclear what was discussed.

The Royal Foundation was founded in 2009 by Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry. Middleton joined the organization in 2011 after marrying Prince William, while Meghan Markle became a patron last year.

The secret meeting, meanwhile, comes shortly after Prince William and Middleton removed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from The Royal Foundation entirely.

Prince Harry and Markle ditch The Royal Foundation

Back in May, Prince Harry and Markle confirmed that they were planning on leaving The Royal Foundation so that they could focus on their own projects.

Fast forward to this week, and the move has finally happened. Prince William and Middleton just removed the Sussexes names from The Royal Foundation’s website, officially severing them from the organization.

From this point on, the Cambridges will be leading the charge when it comes to The Royal Foundation and are planning on championing five causes: nature conservation, youth services, child development, mental health, and the military.

While they are no longer partnering in the same charity, the couples are still open to working together in the future.

In fact, they recently teamed up for a short film on behalf of the Every Mind Matters campaign. The clip included appearances from Prince William, Middleton, Prince Harry, and Markle – reuniting the Fab Four for the first time in years.

The special aired on all major networks in the U.K. and the royals are hoping it will help encourage people to be more open about mental health. Apart from the Fab Four, the video featured several celebrities, including Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Freddie Flintoff, and Davina McCall.

What’s ahead for Prince Harry and Markle?

While Prince William and Middleton are clearly forging ahead, Prince Harry and Markle are looking to do the same.

This summer, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced plans to launch a new charitable organization called Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Their new organization will still work with Prince William and Middleton on mental health initiatives, including their Heads Together program.

Outside of that, the two are expected to continue some of the projects they started while they were still with The Royal Foundation. This includes Prince Harry’s Invictus Games and Markle’s cookbook for the community.

While revamping their company’s website, Prince William and Middleton removed the former actress’s Empowering Communities project, something she will likely continue with her new charity.

Markle and Prince Harry, of course, recently returned home after their ten-day tour of South Africa. The pair visited a number of different locations in the region and worked with several charities along the way.

The trip also marked their first as a family of three. The two brought along their baby boy, Archie Harrison, who ended up making a few appearances along the way.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle nor Prince William and Kate Middleton have not commented on their removal from The Royal Foundation’s website, but we cannot wait to see what is in store for them in the coming months.

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<![CDATA[Ашманов Грефу: «главные инновации создаются в авторитарных структурах» (типа Сбербанка и нацистской Германии)]]> Глава Сбербанка Герман Греф на конгрессе ИНТОСАИ предрек: все страны мира в данный момент стоят на пороге первой революции государственного управления:

"Проблема госуправления в том, что при всех четырех промышленных революциях оно оставалось и остается тем же самым. У него гигантский процессный менеджмент, почти нет проектного менеджмента и полностью отсутствуют инновации. Нужно все переводить на инновационные технологии и переезжать в цифру, а потом ломать ту модель управления, которая у нас складывается", – пояснил Греф, и добавил: "пирамидальные структуры умрут первыми".

"Так ли это?", — оспорил Грефа Игорь Ашманов: "главные инновации создаются в иерархических структурах" и привёл в пример самое инновационное довоенное государство — нацистскую Германию. После войны самым инновационным государством стал Советский Союз с абсолютно иерархической системой управления. В компании Microsoft тоже абсолютно иерархическое управление. Та же история с Apple. "Подозреваю, что ровно такая же история и в Сбербанке – это вроде бы очень инновационный банк, но там авторитарное управление самого Германа Оскаровича, насколько можно судить со стороны".

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<![CDATA[Ашманов Грефу: «главные инновации создаются в авторитарных структурах» (типа Сбербанка и нацистской Германии)]]> Глава Сбербанка Герман Греф на конгрессе ИНТОСАИ предрек: все страны мира в данный момент стоят на пороге первой революции государственного управления:

"Проблема госуправления в том, что при всех четырех промышленных революциях оно оставалось и остается тем же самым. У него гигантский процессный менеджмент, почти нет проектного менеджмента и полностью отсутствуют инновации. Нужно все переводить на инновационные технологии и переезжать в цифру, а потом ломать ту модель управления, которая у нас складывается", – пояснил Греф, и добавил: "пирамидальные структуры умрут первыми".

"Так ли это?", — оспорил Грефа Игорь Ашманов: "главные инновации создаются в иерархических структурах" и привёл в пример самое инновационное довоенное государство — нацистскую Германию. После войны самым инновационным государством стал Советский Союз с абсолютно иерархической системой управления. В компании Microsoft тоже абсолютно иерархическое управление. Та же история с Apple. "Подозреваю, что ровно такая же история и в Сбербанке – это вроде бы очень инновационный банк, но там авторитарное управление самого Германа Оскаровича, насколько можно судить со стороны".

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