Why Microsoft’s Ban of Rival Slack May Be a Mistake—Data Sheet

Happy Monday. Aaron here, back from vacation, essay writing and curating this week, as Adam goes off on a break. Catching up on all the tech news while I was away, I was sent spiraling down memory lane by Friday’s GeekWire scoop that Microsoft maintains a list of “prohibited and discouraged technology.” Said list is […]

There Are Now Three People Worth Over $100 Billion

Bernard Arnault, Europe’s richest person, just joined Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates in the world’s most exclusive wealth club with a fortune of at least $100 billion. Arnault, chairman of LVMH, entered the ranks of centibillionaires Tuesday as the luxury-goods maker climbed 2.9% to a record 368.80 euros a share. His net worth has increased […]

Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read These Five Books This Summer

Bill Gates has a different idea of summer reading than most people. The founder of Microsoft and head of the Gates Foundation has announced his annual suggestion of five good summer reads. And the theme this year is hardly light-hearted. “I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval… whether it’s the Soviet Union right […]

Even Melinda Gates Has Struggled to Get Her Husband Bill to Do His Fair Share

Melinda Gates’ new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, takes readers on a journey through many of the regions where the eponymous foundation she leads with her husband Bill Gates attempts to affect change. But one of the most fascinating chapters of her book, titled “The Silent Inequality,” takes place […]

Data Sheet—Why Bill and Melinda Gates Topped Fortune’s Greatest Leaders List

We interrupt our usual tech-industry programming today to bring you something mostly different, Fortune‘s annual World’s Greatest Leaders list. At the top is a former tech guy, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda. The Gateses have given away some $45 billion over the years to fight diseases like malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis. Fortune […]

Why Great Leaders Listen

There is something remarkably powerful about listening. Those who know Melinda Gates well–and even some of those who have met her just once–remark at how good she is at this skill. Geeta Rao Gupta, a former staffer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who is now at the United Nations Foundation, vividly remembers the […]

How Bill and Melinda Gates Are Transforming Life for Billions in the 21st Century

The staff of Fortune recently assembled our 2019 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. This story is part of that coverage. It was March 2018, and once more Bill Gates found himself behind a podium. In the previous few months, he had given one keynote address after another–in San Francisco, he’d urged drugmakers to […]

Gates Joins Jeff Bezos in the Ultra-Exclusive Centibillionaire Club

Bloomberg tracks the fortunes of some 2,800 billionaires. Of those, 145 are worth at least $10 billion, making them decabillionaires. Now, the world contains two centibillionaires simultaneously. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, once the world’s richest person, has again eclipsed the $100 billion threshold, joining Amazon.com Inc.’s Jeff Bezos in the exclusive club, according to […]

Bill Gates Admits Wealth Has Made Him Happier in Reddit AMA Chat

It turns out being rich does make you happier, at least if you’re Bill Gates. The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire made the revelation during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion on Monday. When one Reddit user asked if Gates thought being wealthy had made him a happier person he said “Yes. I don’t have […]