Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Mark Zuckerberg:  one of the most generous of American donors when generosity is measured not solely by amounts donated, but as the proportion of total wealth of an individual or company. Photograph: Norbert von der Groeben/Reuters

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently gave $25 million to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. It’s an impressive and much-needed donation, coming from(...)

Warren Buffett and Chuck Feeney (right) at the awards ceremony where  the Irish American businessman received a Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Warren Buffett, the renowned billionaire investor, presented Chuck Feeney, the Irish American businessman and philanthropist, with a Forbes 400 Lifeti(...)

Downtown Seattle: with a convergence of tech companies large and small, the city is attracting money and talent, and aims to become a hub akin to Silicon Valley. photograph: stuart isett/the new york times

From his ninth-floor office in downtown Seattle, Hewlett-Packard’s cloud computing outpost, Bill Hilf can see the Space Needle, Pike Street Market and(...)

German’s Angela Merkel claims accolade for fourth year in a row: Photograph: Christoph Schmidt/EPA

Forbes magazine has ranked Germany’s Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world for the fourth year in a row in the annual list dominated by p(...)

Billionaire Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft, speaks recently during a Bloomberg Television interview. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, said that by 2035 no nation will be as poor as any of the 35 that the World Bank now classifies as low-income, ev(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will meet United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and other foreign leaders when he attends the UN general assembly this week. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore will meet United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and other foreign leaders when he atten(...)

 Patty Stonesifer, head of Washingtoncommunity organisation Martha’s Table,  flanked by economist Jeffery Sachs  (left) and Ted Turner. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

So when a woman is rolling in millions and has no need to work ever again, what does she do?Festoon herself with Birkin bags? Deck herself in Tiffany’(...)