Bill Gates pitches to Detroit

DETROIT, April 30 (UPI) -- Bill Gates visited Detroit's auto industry on a mission to persuade manufacturers and suppliers Microsoft Corp. software can help cars and trucks.

Microsoft unveils 64-bit Windows

REDMOND, Wash., April 25 (UPI) -- Software giant Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., unveiled Monday its long-awaited high-powered 64-bit Windows platform.

New York Library to sell 19 works of art

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- The New York Public Library plans to sell 19 works of art worth up to $75 million each to better compete in collecting important books and other documents.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Trash cans could heighten bomb blasts ... Lakshmi Mittal richest in Britain ... Reward offered for Tasmanian tiger ... The world as we know it from UPI.
By United Press International

Lakshmi Mittal richest in Britain

LONDON, April 3 (UPI) -- U.K. steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal saw his wealth quadruple last year, making him the Britain's richest man, according to the Rich List of the Sunday Times.

Buffet remains investors' conscience despite AIG probe

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- He's one of the richest men in the world, making his fortune by investing in financial markets and buying up companies. He's also become a powerful voice of con
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Gates' Corbis image archive may go public

SEATTLE, March 11 (UPI) -- Microsoft head Bill Gates may offer shares in his Corbis digital image archive to the public as a way of providing a windfall of cash for the company.

Magician accused of stealing godly power

LAS VEGAS, March 11 (UPI) -- Magician David Copperfield is being sued for $50 million in Minnesota by a man who says he stole his godly powers.

Bill Gates again tops Forbes richest list

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates enters his second decade as the world's richest man as Forbes Magazine releases its annual list of the top 400.

Microsoft's Gates is knighted

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Besides being the world's richest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates Wednesday added another title to his name when he was knighted by British Queen Elizabeth II.

Governors to address failing schools

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The first National Education Summit was held in Washington during the weekend by the nation's governors to address a 32 percent high school dropout rate.

Microsoft to sell new browser separately

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Microsoft's chief told a California meeting the firm will sell a new version of its Internet browser separately from an new version of its operating system.

Microsoft to give away anti-spyware

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday his company will release free software to Windows users to help them avoid downloading spyware.

Microsoft to release more secure browser

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Microsoft of Washington plans to release the first major overhaul of its Internet browser in four years by the end of 2005.

Danes accused Microsoft of blackmail

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Digital Consumer Denmark says U.S. software producer Microsoft is trying to blackmail Copenhagen by threatening to shut a Danish unit.
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Bill Gates
Microsoft Corporation Chairman, Bill Gates, announced two new initiatives at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan on May 7, 2008. Gates introduced plans to develop Windows Media Center software, and Dreamspark, a new program designed for student developers.(UPI Photo/keizo Mori)

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.

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