September 19, 2012 |
Bill Gates has been the richest person in the country for an entire generation, cinching the top spot on Forbes' list of the 400 wealthiest Americans for the 19th consecutive year. That's what a net worth of $66 billion will do for a guy. Last year, he had $59 billion. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. head Warren Buffett, again in second place, trailed with $46 billion. The slacker. Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp., was next with $41 billion. The rest of the top 10 was populated with the likes of the Koch brothers, the Wal-Mart Waltons and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
August 16, 2012 |
Bill Gates wants to reinvent the toilet. The flush toilet we know and love was invented in 1775, and while it is pretty good at whisking away our waste, it also uses a lot of water, and relies on a sewage infrastructure that is expensive to build, and not neccessarily practical for the developing world. And developing countries are in need of a system that is practical and hygenic. About two-thirds of the people on Earth use latrines or defecate right out in the open, according to a report from the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
July 5, 2012 |
Mitt Romney has a great deal of empathy for people like himself -- rich guys -- and he would serve them well as president. Of course, the wealthy have seldom not been served well by our commander-in-chief. Father and son Bush came from among the affluent, too, while Bill Clinton aspired to join their ranks and has defended Romney-style venture capitalism. Even Barack Obama bailed out Wall Street in 2009. Yet, of late, rich folks have been getting picked on by protesters and threatened with higher taxes by Democrats.
July 1, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 1 - 7 in PDF format TV listings for the week of July 1 - 7 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Joe Levy; Marcus Samuelsson; Karilyn Bales. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Sally Field. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Live With Kelly Sally Field; rain-forest animals; co-host Michael Strahan.
March 22, 2012 |
At a conference for green investors, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates said that research funding for clean energy needs to at least double in order to see a viable, investor-attractive source of clean energy to reduce carbon emissions. But Gates was not optimistic that the innovation would come anytime soon, saying that the United States and other countries do not adequately fund research and don't encourage experimentation by entrepreneurs. ...
March 6, 2012 |
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim lost nearly $500 million over the weekend but remains the world's richest person. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, who ranks second, closed the gap a bit because he only lost about $100 million. The daily financial gyrations in the net worth of the world's richest people now can be followed like stock prices or baseball standings through the new Bloomberg Billionaires Index. "The index is a dynamic measure of the world's wealthy based on changes in markets, the economy and Bloomberg reporting," the financial news company said.
October 22, 2011 |
A new biography of Steve Jobs is revealing new details of the Apple Inc. co-founder's youth, his battle with cancer, his relationship with his biological parents and his unvarnished feelings about his rivals at Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Scheduled for release Monday, "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson is the result of more than 40 interviews with Jobs by the author over a period of years, including one just weeks before his death two weeks ago. Jobs regretted waiting nine months to have an operation to remove cancer from his pancreas, the book reveals, a delay that probably allowed the cancer to spread.
July 31, 2011 |
This memoir of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has the narrative allure of a biopic. The story and some of the characters are familiar, but there is an unavoidable fascination in seeing the inevitable tale unfold. It is all here: how a mismatched pair of young computer hobbyists ate pizza and wrote code late into the night, crossed swords with Steve Jobs, outsmarted the giant IBM and walked off with the crown jewels of the new PC industry - all while in their 20s. Yet as with all memoirs by multibillionaires, "Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft," published by Penguin, inevitably prompts two nagging questions: Why has Allen bothered to write his version of events that took place three decades or more ago?
April 5, 2011 |
My first day of work at Microsoft, 15 years ago, I wore a DOJ baseball cap that a friend had given me when she heard I was going to work in Redmond. DOJ stood for Department of Justice, which is where my friend worked. I wore the cap into the office on my first day, intending this to be a little joke. The Clinton Justice Department had recently filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft, threatening huge fines and even a breakup of the company. But I learned a lesson: Nobody thought the hat was very funny.