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Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to 'get to zero' in polio fight

In a telephone interview with Reuters, Gates was optimistic about the global plan to eradicate the paralyzing viral disease, but said Afghanistan's conflict and power struggles hamper progress. "The big issue there is always with the Taliban," said Gates, whose multi-billion dollar philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the biggest funders of the polio eradication campaign. Polio is a virus that spreads in areas with poor sanitation.
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Bill Gates urges Afghanistan and Pakistan to "get to zero" in polio fight

In a telephone interview with Reuters, Gates was optimistic about the global plan to eradicate the paralyzing viral disease, but said Afghanistan's conflict and power struggles hamper progress. "The big issue there is always with the Taliban," said Gates, whose multi-billion dollar philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the biggest funders of the polio eradication campaign. Polio is a virus that spreads in areas with poor sanitation.
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Bill Gates is worth $100 billion and he plans to give most of it away — here's how he spends his money now, from a luxury car collection to incredible real estate

Bill Gates' net worth is officially $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire index. That makes him $24 billion richer than he was five years ago, and puts him in a two-man club with Jeff Bezos, reported Business Insider's Julie Bort. While he indulges in a few luxuries, they make up only a fraction of his fortune. He mainly spends his billions on charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and plans to give away most of his fortune. Bill Gates is getting richer and rich...
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Bill Gates is $9.5 billion richer than he was a year ago, worth over $100 billion, but not just from Microsoft (MSFT)

Bill Gates is one of the world's biggest philanthropists who has given away billions of dollars of his money. That's why so many people think that Gates' personal wealth is shrinking as he gives his money away. But it isn't. Gates is astoundingly rich and getting richer all the time. And he just joined a two-man club of people worth more than $100 billion. Bill Gates is one of the world's biggest philanthropists. He and his wife Melinda have given away a whopping $45.5 billion...
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Nala has built a hassle-free, offline mobile money payment platform for Africa

Benjamin Fernandes, the Tanzanian co-founder chief executive of Nala, spent hundreds of hours talking to local Tanzanians about their frustrations with mobile money payment services before he launched his new payment platform. While at least a hundred million Africans hold mobile money accounts, the process of transacting over the services is difficult, so Tala made an application that acts as an interface on top of the unstructured supplementary service data layer to make money transfers and pa...
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Bill Gates says he's paid $10 billion in taxes and he thinks rich people like himself should pay more (MSFT)

Do the rich pay their fair share in taxes? Billionaire Bill Gates says he has paid $10 billion in taxes, and he believes that rich guys like himself should pay more. However, he advocates increasing taxes in two ways that will really target the wealthiest individuals and avoiding methods that really put more stress on the poor. Do the rich pay their fair share in taxes? Billionaire Bill Gates said on Monday that even though he has paid $10 billion in taxes, he thinks his taxes could and shoul...
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Do events like Davos really make a difference?

The World Economic Forum is held every January in the Swiss resort of Davos. Since 1971, world leaders have travelled deliberate on the big social and economic questions of our times. Attended by politicians, Nobel Prize laureates and billionaire philanthropists, this forum has set itself the noble task to improve the state of the world.Funded primarily by Qatari business, the December Doha Forum acts as a global platform for policy discussion. With Russian funding, the October Rhodes Forum tout...
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I spent an uplifting day at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and discovered what it's really like to work there (MSFT)

Bill and Melinda Gates keep saying the word is getting better and it's easy to look around and shrug off their optimism. So I spent a day at their foundation, talking to the people working on some of the world's hairiest, most intractable problems. And they are winning. Bill and Melinda Gates keep insisting that — despite problems like climate change, political divisions and income disparity, the world is getting better for most people on Earth. In late January, Bill Gates expertly trolled th...
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Bill Gates is worth $96 billion and he plans to give most of it away — here's how he spends his money now, from a luxury car collection to incredible real estate

Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2019 annual letter, highlighting the biggest surprises of 2018. Gates, the world's second-richest person, has an estimated net worth of $96.5 billion, according to Forbes. While he indulges in a few luxuries, they make up only a fraction of his fortune. He mainly spends his billions on charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and plans to give away most of his fortune. Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2019 annual letter, in which they h...
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Inside the daily routine of billionaire Bill Gates, who loves cheeseburgers, tours missile silos, and washes the dishes every night

Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men on the planet. The Microsoft founder has thrown himself into charitable work in recent years. Gates and his wife Melinda run the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Tuesday, the Gates Foundation released its 2019 annual letter, in which Gates and Melinda shared what they considered to be the nine biggest surprises of the past year. While running his foundation, Gates tends to have a pretty normal day: He exercises, catches up on the news,...
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Bill and Melinda Gates say that the best way to put 'America first' is to invest in foreign aid — a not-so-subtle nudge at Trump

Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2019 annual letter on Tuesday morning. The couple warned about the rising trend of nationalism in wealthy countries, saying that "turning inward" could dissuade rich nations (like the US) from investing in global health. "There is nothing about putting your country first that requires turning your back on the rest of the world," Melinda Gates said in the letter. "If anything, the opposite is true." Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter on Tu...
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Bill and Melinda Gates say the best way to put 'America first' is to invest in foreign aid — a not-so-subtle nudge at Trump

Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2019 annual letter on Tuesday morning. The couple warned about the rising trend of nationalism in wealthy countries, saying that "turning inward" could dissuade rich nations (like the US) from investing in global health. "There is nothing about putting your country first that requires turning your back on the rest of the world," Melinda Gates said in the letter. "If anything, the opposite is true." Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter on Tu...
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Bill Gates warns of the dangers of cow farts — and the world should take his words seriously

Bill Gates has a $1 billion fund, collected from a who's who of fellow billionaires, ready to invest in startups and research to solve climate change. On Tuesday, in his annual letter with wife Melinda, he points out that really fixing climate change involves way more than renewable electric energy, though he's encouraged by progress there. Manufacturing and agriculture are overlooked problem areas. He's looking for climate friendly ways to make concrete and steel, as well as ideas on dealing ...
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Bill and Melinda Gates say they've found something better at curbing immigration than a wall

According to the Gates Foundation, fewer babies and toddlers are dying than ever before: the global mortality rate for children under five has declined by more than 50% since 1990. This is mostly because of better public-health initiatives: more vaccines, polio eradication efforts, and better maternal and child healthcare. But the Gates' are worried that as rich countries turn "inward," they'll stop funding some life-saving health campaigns around the world, making the globe less peaceful and ...
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A $350 toilet powered by worms may be the ingenious future of sanitation that Bill Gates has been dreaming about

Worm toilets require no traditional flushing and aren't hooked up to a sewer system — instead, worms compost human waste. More than 4,000 such "Tiger Toilets" have been installed to date across India, in homes of people who were previously defecating in the open. The worm toilets smell a lot better than a pit latrine, and don't breed mosquitoes either. Here's how a $350 toilet powered by worms could change the world and save lives.  Worms may not have spines, but they're doing some back-break...
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Cervical cancer and the story-telling cloth in Mali

Around the world, the arts are being used within communities to address local needs. For such projects to be most effective, program participants must: ensure that their program goals are locally-defined; research which art forms, content, and events might best feed into their program goals; develop artistic products that address their goals; and evaluate these products to ensure their efficacy. The work of the Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS Vaccine Foundation in Mali offers one exampl...
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Bill Gates is worth $95 billion and he plans to give most of it away — here's how he spends his money now, from a luxury car collection to incredible real estate

Bill Gates, the world's second-richest person, has an estimated net worth of $94.8 billion, according to Forbes. While he indulges in a few luxuries, they make up only a fraction of his fortune. He mainly spends his billions on charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and plans to give away most of his fortune. Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, is the world's second-richest person, sitting on an estimated net worth of about $95 billion, according to Forbes. It's hard to im...
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Foundation funding changes international reporting

Funding by private foundations is inadvertently changing the international journalism it supports, according to a new study led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers found that journalists change the ways they understand, value and carry out their work when supported by organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
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The billion-dollar startups revolutionizing healthcare that you should be watching in 2019

Consumer genetics company 23andMe and insurance startup Devoted Health were among the healthcare companies that raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in 2018. All-in, healthcare startups managed to raise more than $28.7 billion over the course of the year, according to PitchBook.   Here are the billion-dollar healthcare companies to keep on your radar in 2019.  For private healthcare and biotech companies 2018 has been a great year to raise capital. From 23andMe's massive $300 million infu...
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Bill Gates is so obsessed with redesigning the world's toilets — he brought a jar of poop onstage in Beijing to prove it

Bad sanitation kills 525,000 children under five every year and contributes to malnutrition and the spread of disease. Bill Gates thinks it's not practical for the entire world to adopt flush toilets, so he's spending $400 million to fund research into toilets that don't require a sewer system.  After seven years of investment, some of the first products are available. Bill Gates isn't afraid of potty talk. Earlier this month, he got onstage in front of business leaders, investors, and govern...
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7 scientists we are thankful for this Thanksgiving

We admire people who make a big show of their altruism, but some of the most praiseworthy accomplishments occur outside popular attention.This Thanksgiving, we give thanks to seven scientists who made the world a safer, healthier place to live.While there is still a lot of progress to make, the combination of science and humanism continues to improve the world and our lot in it at an unprecedented scale."Which of the following people would you say is the most admirable: Mother Teresa, Bill Gates...
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Bill Gates talks toilets

One of the development projects that I keep an eye on is the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation challenge to reinvent the toilet. It launched in 2011 and while I don’t think all the inventions that have come out of it are practical for the poorest who need them most, there’s no doubt that it’s […]
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People in Spain will soon have the longest lifespans of anyone in the world — here are their secrets

Spain is on track to have the world's longest life expectancy by 2040 with a lifespan of 85.8 years, surpassing Japan.   A report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which formed in 2007 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found that Japan will fall to second place with a life expectancy of 85.7 years. Although the report does not provide reasoning for each country's ranking, the institute analyzed 250 different causes of death to reach conclusions. Resear...
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Influential Business Leaders you should Learn from as an Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, it’s important that you learn from great examples of leadership and innovation. That’s why so many entrepreneurs read about successful business leaders. It isn’t about trying to recreate someone else’s path and goals, that’s not possible. It’s about looking at the goals, philosophies and achievements of another person’s life and trying to find where you could do better. There are a number of qualities you could use to choose your business heroes. You could choose them based o...
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Bill Gates is obsessed with redesigning the world's toilets — and he just brought a jar of poop onstage to prove it

Bad sanitation kills 525,000 children under five every year and contributes to malnutrition and the spread of disease. Bill Gates thinks it's not practical for the entire world to adopt flush toilets, so he's spending $400 million to fund research into toilets that don't require a sewer system.  After seven years of investment, some of the first products are available. Bill Gates isn't afraid of potty talk. On Tuesday, he got onstage in front of business leaders, investors, and government off...
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust, Two of the World's Largest Biomedical Research Funders, Back Europe's Ambitious Open-Access Plan

Two of the world's largest biomedical research funders have backed a plan to make all papers resulting from work they fund open access on publication by 2020. From a report: On 5 November, the London-based Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, announced they were both endorsing 'Plan S,' adding their weight to an initiative already backed by 13 research funders across Europe since its launch in September. The plan was spearheaded by Robert-Jan Smits, th...
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Self-lubricating condom can withstand up to 1000 thrusts

A self-lubricating latex condom is being developed by scientists that becomes slippery when wet and can remain so for 1,000 thrusts. The researchers report that typical intercourse consists of 100 to 500 thrusts (huh). BBC: It is thanks to a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse, says the team, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use and thereby prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as unwa...
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Revolutionary Self-Lubricating Condoms

Other than gimmicky changes like colors, textures and flavors, condoms have remained relatively the same over the past 50 years—Lelo‘s efforts at a structural overhaul with HEX aside. However, a new self-lubricating condom, designed as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s competition, might just revolutionize the industry. Created to encourage safer sex, this condom remains lubricated for “1,000 cycles (scientific speak for thrusts), which …
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Scientists invented a new self-lubricating condom with money from Bill Gates — and it could help fight sexual-transmitted disease

Scientists have invented a new self-lubricating condom that becomes slippery on contact and could make using the contraceptive more pleasurable. Their work, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has resulted in a condom that stays slippery for more than 1,000 thrusts. The scientists say that this could increase condom usage and cut down on sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies. 43% of those who took part in the study said such a condom would increase their condom us...
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The startup behind a tool designed to save you a doctor's visit has partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates

A symptom-checking tool called Ada Health is launching a new partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Wednesday, the startup will begin working with the Gates Foundation to study how the tool could support healthcare workers in rural parts of the world. Ada Health is already one of the most popular medical apps in over 130 countries. Getting to the doctor when you're not feeling well is no easy task no matter where you live. But in many parts of the world, there are bigger ...
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