Latest Bill Gates News

What's next for Paul Allen's big investments? It's not clear

Oct. 18, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Prior to his death on Monday, billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested large sums in technology ventures, research projects and philanthropy, some of it eclectic and highly speculative. What happens to those commitments now? Outside of bland assurances from his investment...

Ex-UN leader helps launch climate 'adaptation' initiative

Oct. 16, 2018 11:35 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed for a sense of urgency Tuesday as he launched a new commission that aims to accelerate and expand ways the world can prepare for climate change. "Without urgent adaptation action, we risk undermining food, energy and...

Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Oct. 16, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding...

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies

Oct. 16, 2018 2:03 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, technology investor and owner of several professional sports teams, has died. He was 65. He died Monday in Seattle, according to his company Vulcan Inc. Earlier this...

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Oct. 16, 2018 1:14 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's...

'He changed the world' - Reaction to Paul Allen's death

Oct. 15, 2018 10:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Reaction to the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died Monday: Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and...

Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Oct. 15, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports, died Monday. He was 65. He died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's...

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

Sep. 18, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education priorities with his more prominent global philanthropy work. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the...

Amazon's Jeff Bezos to start $2 billion charitable fund

Sep. 13, 2018 3:22 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he is giving $2 billion to start a fund that will open preschools in low-income neighborhoods and give money to nonprofits that helps homeless families. Bezos, whose stake in Amazon is worth about $160 billion, says that he'll call it the...

Amazon is 2nd US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Sep. 4, 2018 4:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon on Tuesday became the second publicly traded company to reach $1 trillion in market value, hot on the heels of iPhone maker Apple. The milestone is another sign of Amazon's swift rise from an online bookseller to a behemoth that sells toilet paper, TVs and just about anything. In its...