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The incredible life and career rise of Melinda Gates - one of the world's richest and most powerful women

She heads a foundation with a $40 billion endowment. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates is one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. She could be worth $73 billion if she and Bill Gates split their fortune equally in the divorce. Gates will continue in her role as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Melinda Gates is the fifth most powerful woman in the world, ...
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The incredible life of Melinda Gates - one of the world's richest and most powerful women

She heads a foundation with a $40 billion endowment. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates is one of the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. She could be worth $73 billion if she and Bill Gates split their fortune equally in the divorce. Gates will continue in her role as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Melinda Gates is the fifth most powerful woman in the world, ...
Tags: Personal Finance, Education, Microsoft, Obama, Bono, Life, Finance, Stanford, Africa, Time, US, Careers, America, Trends, Features, United States

Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced. Here's a look inside their 27-year marriage, from meeting at work, to having 3 kids, to spending $45 billion on philanthropy.

Bill and Melinda gates are splitting up, the Microsoft co-founder announced on Monday. Scott Olson/Getty Images Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, announced he and his wife, Melinda, will divorce. Gates married Melinda French in 1994 after the two met at work. The two run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $49.8 billion as of 2019. See more stories on Insider's business page. Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced.The billionaire Microsoft founder an...
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I ate like Warren Buffett for a week - and it was miserable

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett Rick Wilking/Reuters I ate like Warren Buffett for a week. Buffett does not eat very healthy. My body felt terrible by the end of the week. See more stories on Insider's business page. Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in history.He also has a really weird diet.Buffett's diet of sugary soda, junk food, and limited vegetables has reached legendary status.The Berkshire Hathaway CEO drinks about five cans of Coca-Cola products...
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55 influential business and leadership books that can instantly boost your management skills

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider Reading is a common denominator among successful people in business.New information and perspectives help us grow smarter, more innovative, and more resilient over time.Below, you'll find 55 of the most influential business books ever - including memoirs and psychology books.If you want to be successful, you should read about 500 pages per day. Or, that's what you ma...
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How the right role model can help lead you to success

Role models and mentors can show up in many different ways — you don’t even have to know them or have ever met them. The trick is to really identify what you want and the lifestyle you want to lead, and find the people who are doing just that.
Tags: Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Agent, Warren Buffett, Mentorship, Mentoring, Mentor, Select, Role Model, Business Mentor, Adam Hergenrother, Spiritual mentorship

Bill Gates has warned of an impending pandemic for years. Here's how he's dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, from pledging $100 million to fight the outbreak to becoming Warren Buffett's 'scientific adviser.'

Bill Gates. Gus Ruelas/Reuters For years, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has warned the world of a severe, impending pandemic. In a 2015 TED Talk, Gates said that "we're not ready for the next epidemic." In 2017, Gates wrote in an op-ed article for Business Insider that the next epidemic could be "a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu." Gates has called the coronavirus a "once-in-a-century pathogen," and his charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has comm...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Washington, Life, US, Trends, Features, Rome, Xi Jinping, Bill Gates, Alibaba, Food And Drug Administration, Argentina, Who, Cbs, Berkshire Hathaway

Meet the 10 richest documented Russian billionaires, who have a collective net worth of almost $180 billion

Putin with Vladimir Potanin, the richest man in Russia that we know of. Mikhail Klimentyev/TASS via Getty Images The 10 richest Russian billionaires in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, have a collective net worth of almost $180 billion. They are investors, businessmen, and owners of popular football clubs. Some of these men also have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is conspicuously absent from the list. Meet the 10 richest known Russian billiona...
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What a dream retirement plan looks like for 10 of the richest CEOs in America

Bill Gates has already retired as CEO, but Warren Buffett is still going strong. Rick Wilking/Reuters Retirement is inevitable, even for the world's richest CEOs. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will retire eventually.  While some of the world's richest CEOs say they can't imagine retiring, others fantasize about alternate lives as a bartender or living in space. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's hard to im...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Life, Retirement, US, Careers, America, Trends, Strategy, Tesla, Bloomberg, Features, Epic, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Berkshire Hathaway

20 quotes from self-made billionaires that will change your outlook on money

Oprah Winfrey has some advice for you. AP/Themba Hadebe Anyone can build wealth, but your beliefs about money can affect how much wealth you'll build. Just consider the world's self-made billionaires — they got where they are today because of their attitudes toward money and success. These quotes about money from self-made billionaires are sure to inspire you. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Building wealth is possible regardless of your financial situation or education...
Tags: Google, Quotes, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Money, Microsoft, Washington Post, Ebay, Life, San Francisco, Trends, Strategy, Wealth, Features, Larry Page, Sheldon Adelson

How Mom’s Words of Wisdom Helped Your Finance

Whether she intended to or not, your mother spent your entire childhood imparting crucial financial wisdom to you — if only you’d listened to her. Yes, sometimes she wasn’t even specifically trying to teach you how to manage money. But make no mistake. Even her words of wisdom that seemed to have nothing to do with finance were laying the groundwork for you to have a good handle on your money. Moms are that smart! Make sure you thank her if you ever heard your mother tell you one of these old s...
Tags: Advice, Marketing, Lifestyle, Warren Buffett, Mom, Better Yourself, Money Tips

Meet the 15 richest people in finance, who have a collective net worth of over $300 billion

Warren Buffett takes the top spot. Bill Pugliano/Getty The wealthiest people in finance, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List, have a collective net worth of almost $300 billion.  Included in the mix are self-made tycoons like Warren Buffett, as well as people who have inherited their wealth, like Fidelity scion Abigail Johnson.  From legendary investors to high-flying bankers, here, in ascending order, are the 15 richest people in finance. All ranks a...
Tags: Microsoft, Indonesia, Life, Finance, Boston, India, New York City, US, NFL, Trends, Investment, Bloomberg, Banking, Features, Chicago, Harvard

Finding the Side Door: Startup Lessons from RXBar, 5-hour Energy, and More

Photo by Dima Pechurin This guest post is authored by Guy Raz (@guyraz), the Michael Phelps of podcasting. Guy is the creator and host of many popular podcasts, including How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind. Guy is also the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World, a podcast for children. He’s received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the National Headliner Award, the NABJ Award… basically all the awards. His ...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Microsoft, California, Lifestyle, Los Angeles, Walmart, Walgreens, Chicago, Peter Thiel, Nebraska, Warren Buffett, Michael Phelps, Red Bull, Pepsico, General Mills

Warren Buffett has lost more money in the past year than anyone else on Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans

Warren Buffett. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo Warren Buffett lost $7.3 billion from his personal fortune in the past 12 months — more in dollar terms than anyone else in the Forbes 400. Buffett's conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway, was down 5% year to date when the Forbes 400 was calculated on July 24. Shares have since recovered. Oil magnate Harold Hamm did lose more than Buffett in percentage terms as fuel prices cratered — 42% of his $5.1 billion fortune, or $3.7 billion. Other notable ...
Tags: New York, Life, America, Trends, Billionaires, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Billionaire, Buffett, Trump, Harold Hamm, Rick Wilking, Arts & Culture, Forbes 400, Taylor Nicole Rogers, BI Select

Donald Trump has fallen 77 places in Forbes' ranking of the 400 richest Americans in 2020 as his properties take a coronavirus hit

President Trump. Getty President Donald Trump is worth $2.5 billion, down from $3.1 billion in 2019, Forbes estimates. The president's net worth drop is reportedly due to the declining values of the Manhattan towers that make up the bulk of his net worth as the coronavirus pandemic upends the real estate market. Several Forbes 400 members in the media, oil, and hospitality sectors such as Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson lost billions as the coronavirus pandemic upended their businesses....
Tags: Amazon, Real Estate, New York, Life, America, Trends, Billionaires, Sheldon Adelson, Manhattan, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Billionaire, Forbes, Trump

America's 400 wealthiest people added $240 billion to their net worths in the past 12 months despite the pandemic

Jeff Bezos was already the richest person in America before the coronavirus pandemic, and it made him even richer. MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images While the coronavirus pandemic devastated the personal finances of millions of people, America's 400 wealthiest billionaires added $240 billion to their collective net worth over the past 12 months, Forbes reported. Amazon's Jeff Bezos grew his fortune 57% to $179 billion over the past year, more than any other billionaire on the Forbes 400. 2...
Tags: Amazon, Life, US, America, Trends, Billionaires, Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Billionaire, Forbes, Bezos, Arts & Culture, MARK RALSTON, Forbes 400, Coronavirus

Inside the almost 30-year friendship of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who didn't even want to meet and now have each other on speed dial

Both Gates and Buffett credit their tremendous success to their laser focus. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have been best friends for almost 30 years. Initially, they weren't interested in meeting each other — but they hit it off right away. They've partnered on political and philanthropic ventures, and mentored each other along the way. To mark Buffett's 90th birthday, Gates wrote in a blog post that, "of all the things I’ve learned from Warren, the most important thing might be what fr...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Microsoft, Yahoo, Washington Post, Washington, Life, Friendship, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Intel, Features, New York Times, Billionaires, Sheldon Adelson

'I learned to take orders': Warren Buffett talks about serving in the military and how his wedding almost fell apart because of an emergency

Rick Wilking/Reuters, Nebraska National Guard Museum Berkshire Hathaway chairman and legendary investor Warren Buffett reflected on his military enlistment in the 1950s and said he was proud of those who served in the armed forces. "There was something about the spirit of a company," Buffett told the National Guard in a recent interview. "I mean, people that you did things with, slept in the same barracks and everything. That actually has a really good effect on you. You learn about peopl...
Tags: Politics, Life, Finance, International, Careers, Trends, Veteran, Army, Nebraska, Berkshire Hathaway, Omaha, Warren Buffett, Columbia University, Buffett, National Guard, Rick Wilking

The richest people in America, ranked

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters The 16 richest Americans in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are collectively worth more than $1 trillion. While tech moguls continue to dominate the top ranks, inherited wealth, like in the Walton family, also makes a strong appearance in the list.The four richest people in America are also the richest people in the world.On August 31, Elon Musk became the third-richest person in the world after Tesla stock split, causing shares to sha...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Board of Directors, Money, Microsoft, Washington Post, Life, Stanford, India, Satya Nadella

Meet Netflix billionaire Reed Hastings, who has spent millions on education reform, takes 6 weeks of vacation every year, and says he has no hobbies outside of work

Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings says he has no hobbies outside of his work. Ore Huiying/Getty Images for Netflix After racking up $40 in late fees at a traditional video rental store, Reed Hastings co-founded Netflix and made $5 billion in the process.Before founding Netflix, Hastings spent one year teaching in Swaziland with the Peace Corps and another as a door-to-door vacuum salesman.Hastings' philanthropic efforts are focused on education, including a $120 million donation to fund scholars...
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Jeff Bezos is the first person in history to be worth more than $200 billion. Here's how the world's richest man makes and spends his fortune.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is the richest person alive — and the first in modern history to accumulate a fortune over $200 billion. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, is now richer than he's ever been.Bezos made his fortune from online retail giant Amazon, but has drawn increasing criticism over the company's size and is slated to defend it at a Congressional tech antitrust hearing on Wednesday.Bezos pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate ch...
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Money Mistakes That (Mostly) Women Make

We all make money mistakes, but some bad financial moves seem to be more characteristic of women. I’m sure there are plenty of male-specific money mistakes too, but as a woman, I can probably write better about my own gender.  So here they are – money mistakes that women tend to make. Spending Too Much On Clothes and Shoes If you’ve read my previous posts on this blog, you already know I believe that Women Should Save More, and Spend Less on Designer Shoes. It’s not that looking good or being...
Tags: Marketing, Lifestyle, Suze Orman, Warren Buffett, Money Management, Jones, Shel Silverstein, Joneses, Money Mistakes

21 Epigrams Every Man Should Live By

With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in January 2018. Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Ryan Holiday.  As long as man has been alive, he has been collecting little sayings about how to live. We find them carved in the rock of the Temple of Apollo and etched as graffiti on the walls of Pompeii. They appear...
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Wry Rules for Navigating a Flawed Universe

When we think about the principles which govern the universe, we typically think of laws which concern the realms of science and mathematics. Yet we also intuitively feel that there are equally universal laws unrelated to physics or calculus that explain the dynamics of social interactions, work, and the ordinary vicissitudes of daily life. Writer Paul Dickson has been compiling such principles for forty years. Inspired by Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”), Dickson decided ...
Tags: Life, America, Warren Buffett, Rochester, Mike Nichols, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, Murphy, Bennett, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jefferson, Bertolt Brecht, Alfred North Whitehead, Rickey, Machiavelli, U S Department of Labor

Meg Whitman’s Greatest Achievement, Networks and Your Career

A few years ago a woman who was working for me sent me a long letter asking for an extreme raise—four times what I was currently paying her. Without going into too much detail, the woman was incredibly accomplished and had a background that was absolutely astonishing. For example, she had been a clerk at the United States Supreme Court and I think she might have  stood first in her class at one of the top two or three law schools in the country. I liked the woman and wanted to give her a raise (...
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MacKenzie Bezos Just Pledged To Give Away At Least $17 Billion

MacKenzie Bezos, ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, just pledged to donate half of her wealth to charity via The Giving Pledge, an organization created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that invites billionaires to publicly dedicate more than half of their wealth to philanthropy.After her divorce, Bezos came away as the fourth-richest woman in the world with roughly $35.6 billion, which means she'll be giving away at least $17.8 billion."We each come by the gifts we have t...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Fashion, Music, Linkedin, Brooklyn, Reid Hoffman, Warren Buffett, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates, Brian Chesky, Jeff, Bezos, MacKenzie, Jeff Bezos Bezos

3 Ways Women Shortchange Themselves Financially

In many ways, women are in a strange financial place in the 21st century. Four in ten families now rely on Mom as the main breadwinner, and more women than men are graduating from college. Women’s financial responsibilities and opportunities are growing — but women’s attitudes towards finances have been much slower to change. And because of that disconnect, there are often times when women shoot themselves in the foot financially. Here are three common mistakes that many women make when it come...
Tags: Advice, Marketing, Lifestyle, Suze Orman, Warren Buffett, Money Management, Shel Silverstein, Kids and Money

The 10 best books about technology, according to Bill Gates

Bill Gates likes to read and recommend books. This year, ahead of choosing MIT Technology Review's breakthrough innovations, Gates read 10 books on tech that helped inform his choices. Here are Bill Gates's 10 best books on tech. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Like most successful people, Bill Gates is an avid reader. The tech billionaire pores through 50 books a year, choosing mostly nonfiction books that teach him something new, he said in a . Read more: Something inte...
Tags: Life, Trends, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Katherine Boo, Gates, Steven Pinker, Ed Yong, Yuval Noah Harari, David MacKay, MIT Technology Review, Max Tegmark, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Vaclav Smil, Homo Deus, William Rosen

The Importance of Discipline

--> One of the most popular misconceptions in the world is that those who end up being the most successful somehow achieve this success through shortcuts, not through working hard. Each time someone is able to achieve incredible success without a lot of work and with some luck, multiple news stories are generated about it and the person becomes almost legendary for their instant success. Why? Because it is so rare and it gives people an incredible amount of hope. People want to feel they can get...
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Run Your Career Based on Facts and Statistics – Not Opinions

--> One of the worst things you can possibly do is run your career based on the opinions of others. Other people are always going to have differing ideas about where you should work, how much you should work, what salary you should make–and various other subjects relating to your employment. Rather than making decisions based on the opinions of others, it is usually much more productive for you to base your decisions on hard, concrete facts, and empirical data. You can often learn a lot more fr...
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