Stories tagged with Bill Gates

Microsoft names new CEO

By Muckety   |   February 4, 2014 at 10:19am   |   0 Comments

Microsoft has chosen Satya Nadella, executive vice president of cloud & enterprise, to be the company’s next CEO.

Mapping billionaires and charter schools

By Laurie Bennett   |   May 7, 2013 at 11:11am   |   0 Comments

While much of the activism for charter schools occurs at the local and state levels, the money funding the movement is unquestionably national.

Is Warren Buffett eying Costco?

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 22, 2012 at 11:05am   |   0 Comments

Can a Muckety map predict a corporate acquisition?

Michael Bloomberg’s third act: fighting illegal guns

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 16, 2012 at 2:47pm   |   2 Comments

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, like many this weekend, has had it with America’s gun culture.

America’s rich get richer

By Laurie Bennett   |   September 23, 2010 at 6:28am   |   0 Comments

Contrary to President Obama’s thin reassurance earlier this week that everybody’s hurting, the wealthy had a pretty good year.

Buffett-Gates friendship too big to fail

By Laurie Bennett   |   February 19, 2010 at 11:00am   |   0 Comments

The much publicized friendship between Warren Buffett and Bill Gates has become an empire - extending even beyond Buffett’s huge gift to the Gates Foundation.

Buffett wants to untie the Chicago rail knot

By Laurie Bennett   |   February 10, 2010 at 1:17pm   |   0 Comments

In the network that is America’s rail freight system, Chicago is a chokepoint.

Bill Gates creates stir with new company

By Carol Eisenberg   |   October 25, 2008 at 10:05am   |   0 Comments

Bill Gates isn’t ready to pack it in.

Jerry Seinfeld faces greatest comic challenge - making Microsoft seem hip

By Emily Morgan   |   August 21, 2008 at 4:14pm   |   1 Comments

In an effort to jazz up its image, Microsoft Corp. is hiring Jerry Seinfeld, the 54-year-old comedian whose last starring role ended 10 years ago.

The Bill Gates portfolio - beyond Microsoft

By Laurie Bennett   |   April 27, 2008 at 8:30am   |   0 Comments

Business manager Michael Larson has a portfolio of billions of dollars and a client list of one.

Mimi Gardner Gates: The quiet, scholarly member of the family

By Laurie Bennett   |   April 24, 2008 at 11:32am   |   0 Comments

Gates men are suckers for smart women.

Bill Gates enjoyed biggest payday of 2007

By Laurie Bennett   |   March 7, 2008 at 10:05am   |   1 Comments

Bill Gates and Pete Peterson
Bill Gates and Pete Peterson

Bill Gates may have lost top seating on the Forbes billionaires list, but he leads Vanity Fair’s accounting of America’s 50 richest paydays.

The magazine ranked windfalls that came from big deals such as company sales, real estate transactions and stock cash-outs. Gates sold $2.5 billion in Microsoft stock last year.


Buffett unseats Gates on billionaire list

By Laurie Bennett   |   March 6, 2008 at 8:50am   |   0 Comments

For this year at least, Bill Gates can no longer claim to be the richest man in the world.

On Feb. 11, when Forbes ranked assets of the richest people around the world, Microsoft stock had dipped because of its efforts to acquire Yahoo. Gates’s rank on the Forbes billionaire list dipped from 1 to 3. His good buddy, Warren Buffett, who now holds the top spot.

Patty Stonesifer stepping down at Gates Foundation

By Gary Jacobson   |   February 7, 2008 at 12:07am   |   0 Comments

The head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Patty Stonesifer, told The New York Times that she would step down as head of the world’s largest philanthropic organization by the end of the year.

“It’s the right time,” Stonesifer, 51, told the Times. “We have a lot of momentum now, our strategies are in place, and it’s time to take the organization to the next level where we deliver on those strategies.”

Bill Gates yuks it up at CES 2008

By Emily Morgan   |   January 8, 2008 at 2:30pm   |   0 Comments

Who knew Bill Gates could be funny?

In his “last day” video shown at the Consumer Electronics Show Sunday, Gates debuted his comedic side, with the help of some famous friends.

In the video, Gates goes over the opportunities he could possibly pursue after leaving Microsoft full-time. He pumps iron with Matthew McConaughey, raps with Jay-Z, and offers his Guitar Hero skills to U2’s frontman, Bono. After trying to negotiate a biopic with Steven Spielberg and George Clooney, Gates offers his services as a running mate to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg unbound

By Gary Jacobson   |   December 3, 2007 at 11:00am   |   0 Comments

Writing the first draft of history is always perilous.

In September 2004, in a story about a then new lawsuit that accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for Facebook from fellow Harvard students, The Boston Globe wrote: “There isn’t much money at stake.”


Today Facebook is valued on paper at $15 billion or so, making Zuckerberg’s 20 percent stake worth $3 billion. The 23-year-old is well on his way to becoming the second richest Harvard dropout in history, behind Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.

Bear’s Cayne holds cards close to vest

By A. James Memmott   |   November 1, 2007 at 2:28pm   |   2 Comments

In a classic fiddling-while-Rome-burns story, the Wall Street Journal traced the activities of James Cayne, the CEO of Bear Stearns Cos. this summer.

While units of Bear Stearns, an investment and banking powerhouse, were collapsing because of the credit crisis in the subprime mortgage market, Cayne was out of reach for hours at a time, the Journal reported Thursday.

Not surprisingly – he’s a CEO after all – Cayne was incommunicado at times on the golf course.

But at other times he was, hold on to your hats, playing bridge.

Al Gore is the new Kevin Bacon

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 12, 2007 at 8:11am   |   2 Comments

Sure, he’s won every award known to man except the Olympic gold. (Unless he gets into wrestling or weight lifting, that honor seems beyond even his reach.)

But the main achievement of Al Gore is not his comeback from having the White House snatched away, not his Oscar or even his sharing of the Nobel Peace Prize, announced today.

The real phenomenon of Al Gore is how connected he has become despite (and because of) his losing the presidency.

Gore has forged strong bonds not only in politics, science and the international environmental movement, but in finance, high-tech and Hollywood.

Rubbing elbows at the Yellowstone Club

By Laurie Bennett   |   July 13, 2007 at 5:32pm   |   0 Comments

Dedicated trackers of Muckety will delight in Richistan, by Robert Frank, who writes the Wealth Report column for The Wall Street Journal.

Frank’s premise - and he provides a great deal of evidence to back it up - is that the wealthy have become a separate country within a country. They share a common language and common economy, and they fraternize in places where hoi polloi aren’t allowed to step foot.

One of our favorite examples, described at length in Frank’s book, is the Yellowstone Club, which bills itself as “the world’s only private ski and golf community.” Members include Bill Gates, Peter Chernin and Dan Quayle.

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