Bill Gates, the world’s wealthiest man and an advocate of philanthropic giving, has turned to his 16.2 million Twitter followers to solicit ideas for (...)

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(...)

Outgoing US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks after President Barack Obama (left) announced his nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius departed yesterday as the White House seeks to limit(...)

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(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the project on which the airline is working with Google will  “blow comparison sites like Skyscanner out of the water”. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Internet giant Google is working with Ryanair on plans for a price comparison site that will completely transform how consumers search for, select and(...)

Mind matters: without access to top entrepreneurial talent, struggles with innovation could lead increasing numbers of companies with the capacity to make a huge impact to give up

It was a week before a big innovation conference in Australia in which I was set to debate the negative side of the question: “Would innovation make t(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will describe the US-Russian agreement reached at the UN this week aimed at ridding Syria of chemical weapons as a ’watershed in the international engagement on crisis’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will call for those responsible for the deadly gas attack in Syria last month to be brought before the International Criminal C(...)

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in January at Government Buildings, Dublin. The investment has been made via his charitable fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

When a company is in trouble, savvy directors regularly scour the share register for signs of stake-building by potential predators, or for evidence t(...)

 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’(...)