The cofounder of Microsoft, Bill Gates,  and his wife Melinda established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, turning it into the wealthiest charitable foundation in history. Photograph: Steve Sands/FilmMagic

Mark Zuckerberg is the latest in a long line of business executives who have decided to give away much of their fortune. At just 31, however, he is a(...)

Melinda Gates gives a speech  as part of the two-day European Development Days  event in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union says it is committed to reducing the number of children who are chronically undernourished by at least seven million by 2025. Spea(...)

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’(...)