Bill Gates opposes cutting foreign aid based on 'myths'

SEATTLE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates says the United States should not cut aid to poor countries "at the cost of people dying."

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
By United Press International

Index: Billionaires' aggregate net worth $3.7T in 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The richest people in the world got even richer in 2013, with U.S. software mogul Bill Gates leading the way, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index indicated.
Bill Gates plays secret Santa for Reddit user

Bill Gates plays secret Santa for Reddit user

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Reddit user said in her post on the website she was shocked to find the secret Santa who sent her items from her wish list was Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Lucky Reddit user gets Bill Gates as her Secret Santa

Lucky Reddit user gets Bill Gates as her Secret Santa

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Bill Gates serves as Secret Santa for lucky Reddit user Rachel and he gives her a stuffed cow. [VIDEO]
Evan Bleier
Former Vice President Al Gore adopts vegan diet

Former Vice President Al Gore adopts vegan diet

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. presidential candidate Vice President Al Gore has become vegan, a friend confirmed to The Washington Post.
Billionaire wealth doubles since financial crisis

Billionaire wealth doubles since financial crisis

(UPI) -- Billionaire wealth more than doubled since the financial crisis, with more than 2000 individuals now holding $6.5 trillion, up from $3.1 trillion in 2009.
Sonali Basak

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.
By United Press International

Spain pulls out of recession with marginal growth

MADRID, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The Bank of Spain said a two-year recession ended in the third quarter by the slightest of margins with a 0.1 percent economic gain from the second quarter.

Control-alt-delete was a 'mistake,' Gates says

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The ubiquitous control-alt-delete used to unfreeze a computer or reach a log-in screen was "a mistake," admitted Bill Gates, founder U.S. tech giant Microsoft.
Bill Gates tops list of Forbes' richest in U.S. for 20th year

Bill Gates tops list of Forbes' richest in U.S. for 20th year

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates topped the annual Forbes list of richest U.S. residents released Monday for the 20th consecutive year.
CEO Ballmer to leave Microsoft within a year

CEO Ballmer to leave Microsoft within a year

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. said Friday Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer would step down within the next 12 months.

Police: Fla. man, woman used celebrities' information to steal money

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Secret Service says it has arrested two suspects on charges of using stolen personal data to rip off celebrities including Beyonce and Bill Gates.

New York Times 'not for sale,' publisher says

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The New York Times "is not for sale," its publisher declared, but analysts said the newspaper might succumb to financial pressures like The Washington Post.

Phoenix firefighter, police officer die on duty on same day

PHOENIX, May 20 (UPI) -- The deaths of Ben Harper and Daryl Raetz marked the first time Phoenix lost a firefighter and police officer on the same day, officials said.
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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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