July 4, 1999
"The Plot to Get Bill Gates: An Irreverent Investigation of the World's Richest Man ... and the People Who Hate Him," by Gary Rivlin. Times Books. 360 pages. $25.Bill Gates is not merely the richest person alive; he's also just about the most unavoidable.His colossal software company, Microsoft Corp., furnishes the operating systems of most of the world's personal computers. His bland, bespectacled face has adorned innumerable magazine covers.His every action, whether it's building a $60 million mansion or getting hauled into court by the federal government, is parsed and pilloried in Web sites and newspaper articles around the globe.
December 10, 2006
Bill Gates for president in 2008? A new blog hopes so. The bloggers behind the site, billgatesforpresident.net, say they have no connection to Gates and insist that they are serious. Microsoft's founder in chief would make a great commander in chief, they say. "Please don't write this Web site off as a joke," the site states. "We are serious. We're not trying to make fun of Bill Gates whatsoever." The Gates supporters list four reasons for a Gates presidency. First, he's rich: "Yes, we believe being absurdly rich is a good thing for any presidential candidate.
November 9, 2008
Bill Gates is bullish on inflation. He's putting tens of millions into the Western Asset-Claymore Inflation-Linked Securities & Income Fund, which rises with consumer prices over the long term. The fund is managed by Legg Mason's Western Asset unit in Pasadena, Calif. Through his Cascade Investment vehicle, Gates has been buying the inflation fund (ticker WIA) at least since June, when he first declared ownership of more than 10 percent of its shares. In mid-June he owned 2.9 million shares worth about $36 million.
May 23, 1999
The leaders of several small warring countries and a giant in the computer industry have all been singled out as suspects. So have the World Bank, NATO and the credit card system.With the millennium in easy reach, a cross section of Christians who interpret the Bible literally, along with a good number of others who may never have opened a Bible, share a common vision of the future. They expect the Antichrist to appear any day.From the start of Christianity, candidates for the role of Satan's protege have never been lacking.
September 15, 2000
WASHINGTON -- Bill Gates' mega-philanthropy, the $22-billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is taking on a mega-institution -- America's high schools with multi-thousand student enrollments. In a series of announcements made from Alaska to Rhode Island, the Gates Foundation last week announced an initial $56 million in grants to start and support model schools that offer small, personalized learning environments. The timing couldn't be more opportune. The horrific 1999 shooting at Colorado's Columbine High School triggered many second thoughts about America's big, comprehensive high schools.
August 31, 1995
If Bill Gates wrote an advice column:Dear Bill,I'm crushed. My best friend "Debbie' is getting married. Naturally, I assumed I'd be the maid of honor. But I just found out Debbie has asked someone else, a heavyset woman on our softball team in need of a depilatory for her mustache.I feel hurt and insulted. Now I wonder if I should attend the wedding at all.-- Steamed% in Steubenville, OhioDear Steamed: I, too, was once left out of a friend's wedding party. I sat down at my PC for 36 hours straight and streamlined my CONFIG.