Melinda Gates

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U2 singer Bono received the William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. The award was presented to mark his commitment to fighting injustice, extreme poverty and the Aids crisis.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The January 6th, 2021 attack on the Capitol building in Washington was not the death of the American dream but rather “the death of a generation’s inn(...)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced their split earlier this year. Photograph:  Damon Winter/New York Times

A cascade of recent high-profile divorces of the very rich and famous has presented new questions for the divorce industry – and offered a voyeuristic(...)

  Bill Gates at a conference in New York in 2019. The divorce of Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates puts a spotlight on a highly secretive fortune, which combines the value of Ford, Twitter and Marriott International, and is triple the endowment of Harvard. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/The New York Times

Microsoft’s directors started an investigation into Bill Gates’s alleged involvement with a female employee that was deemed inappropriate and decided (...)

An aerial view of Bill Gates’s estate on Lake Washington  in Seattle, US. Photograph: Dan Callister/Newsmakers

As experts in philanthropy, finance, technology and global health scramble to predict what the divorce of Melinda and Bill Gates could mean for their (...)

Bill and Melinda Gates have given away over $55 billion and mobilised governments and other wealthy donors to have a far wider impact including through the Giving Pledge. Photograph: Getty

Their 27-year marriage may be “irretrievably broken”, but there are still questions for Bill and Melinda Gates over the future direction, scale and go(...)

The unelected, unaccountable Bill and Melinda Gates have power on a level without precedent in human history. Photograph:  Matthew Knight / AFP

Out walking before it was quite dark enough to draw the curtains, I was struck by how many solitary figures were slumped at windows of bedrooms and ki(...)

Winston Churchill: A characteristic of lustful leaders is insatiability. Churchill, commenting in 1938 on the rise of Adolf Hitler, said the appetite often “grows with eating”. Photograph:  Capt Horton/Imperial War Museums

Liz Herring was a driven debater. At school, she carted around a metal box of index cards so she could swot up on topics between classes. A debate tea(...)

World Health Organisation director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on January 28th. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic is turning the World Health Organisation (WHO) into a battleground for superpower rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Though(...)

Sign of the times: a protester holds an anti-Trump sign during a protest ahead of a visit by the US president  earlier this week, in San Diego, California.  Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

In numbers: Fishy business €1.15 billion Value of Ireland’s seafood sector in 2017, taking it past €1 billion for the first time, according a report(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of Texas Tribune at the SXSW festival in Austin on Sunday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Critics of the SXSW event usually point to the fact that it has grown too big for any one start-up, organisation or even country to make its presence (...)

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