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Forbes rich: Bill’s back, Zuckerberg zooms, more women (with Gina)

Whatsapp, Facebook and more women were the notable inclusions on this years Forbes Rich List, writes Yolanda Redup at SmartCompany.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Ten’s weight-loss reality show will probably be back in 2014.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has taken political communication to a massive high point with his performance last night on Lateline.

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Slim pickings: the mystery man behind Gates

Bill Gates has overtaken Carlos Slim as the world’s richest man. Who? The Mexican civil engineer turned telecommunications king has extraordinary market penetration and a deep cash pool.

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Geoengineering a waste of resources

Crikey readers express their views on the issues of the day.

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How Bill Gates is engineering the Earth to resist climate change

Brightening marine clouds to reflect more sunlight? Coating the Earth with a solar shield of sulphate particles? From the new book Earthmasters, how science — and Bill Gates — could tackle climate change.

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Labor needs to act to avoid a hiding

Labor is in for a real public opinion hiding if the global warming debate continues to be about nothing more than who is going to pay how much more for what.

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Ted’s still firing on law and order

It is clearly hard to get out of that election mode when posturing about tough on law and order is seen by politicians as a pre-requisite for success.

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New York Times | ECONOMY|

Wanted: a female Bill Gates

Women are no longer expected to be stay-at-home mums but it’s still rare for them to be CEOs of major businesses. Author Gloria Feldt explains how women are more likely to keep quiet, undervalue themselves and not ask for that big pay rise.

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Forbes | LINKS|

The 400 richest people in America

The famous Forbes 400 list is out. With a net worth of US$54 billion, Bill Gates maintains the first spot, with Warren Buffet a close(ish) second at US$45 billion.

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Huffington Post | COMPANIES|

Beware of billionaire philanthropists

The recent pact made between American billionaires to give away vast amounts of money may seem like an inspiring initiative, but beware: philanthropy can be used to bankroll contentious ideas motivated by rich people’s desire to exert influence from the top, warns David Callahan.

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The Daily Beast | LINKS|

The business of giving away billions

Last year at a secret meeting in New York a group of 40 billionaires made a pact to give away the majority of their wealth to charity. Here is an account of what transpired and a photo gallery of the deep-pocketed people involved.

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Economist | COMPANIES|

The Wintel of our discontent

It’s nearly the end for IT’s most hated power couple: Microsoft and Intel. For years Microsoft’s Windows system has run happily on Intel architeture, but now technology is killing the partnership.

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Our wealthy getting a free ride: time to start giving back

Generally Australia’s wealthy are very poor at donating money to worthy causes, writes Daniel Petre, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former vice-president of Microsoft.

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Our rich are the most stingy

Over the past year, at a series of secret dinners held under a “cone of silence”, some of the world’s wealthiest people have been plotting a giant conspiracy that could, literally, change the world.

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Fortune | LINKS|

Billionaires, give your money away!

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are asking US billionaires to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity. This has the potential to completely change philanthropy forever, says Carol Loomis.

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Redmond, Washington: inside Microsoft HQ

If Microsoft is an also-ran, the news has yet to permeate the company’s Pacific Northwest headquarters. The sheer scale of Microsoft doesn’t really hit until you arrive at “the campus”.

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Forbes | PLAYERS|

The new richest man in the world

The crown for number one spot on Forbes World’s Billionaire list has been passed onto a new winner: Mexican tycoon Carlo Slim Helu. He beat out Warren Buffet and Bill Gates for the top spot.

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Forbes | PLAYERS|

Who will be the next Bill Gates?

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sergey Brin or a bunch of rich Chinese guys you’ve probably never heard of: which young-gun tech tycoon will be the “next” Bill Gates? Forbes rounds up the contenders.

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Bill Gates spends some Idol time on Twitter

Bill Gates tweeted for the first time this morning. And who, of all the tweeps in the twitterverse — the world leaders, the great thinkers, the tech visionaries — did he start conversing with first?

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The Next Web | ONLINE|

Bill Gates joins Twitter

In this modern life: Bill Gates joins Twitter. We all watch as casually chats to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. Utterly surreal.

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The Chronicle Review | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

How playing poker made Obama powerful

Poker has long been a game for every race, sex and political persuasion, with many US presidents being poker fans. How is poker so intrinsically linked with power in US society?

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Economist | COMPANIES|

You can’t teach
entrepreneurship

Many successful entrepreneurs — Bill Gates, Richard Branson — never attended business school, yet plenty of programs still claim they can teach it. Is entrepreneurship in the blood? And, how can big businesses harness it?

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Gizmodo | UNCATEGORIZED|

Bill Gates remembers 1979

Gadget site Gizmodo have been celebrating the year 1979, so Bill Gates (yes, the Bill Gates) wrote in with his own memories of a time when Microsoft had 13 employees and 16-bit microprocessor were cutting edge.

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Forbes | PLAYERS|

A good CEO is a storyteller

It is the CEOs with a great yarn to tell who do best. Think Bill Gates and his dream of putting a PC in every home. Starbucks’ Howard Schultz who wanted to bring Milan’s espresso to America.

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