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Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in modern history — here’s how he spends his money on philanthropy

Bezos is the only American in Bloomberg's ranking of the world's top 5 richest people to not join the Giving Pledge. In June, a year after asking his Twitter followers for input on philanthropic strategies, Bezos said he has settled on two areas and will announce them by the end of the summer.

The billionaire ‘Giving Pledge’ signed by Bill Gates and Elon Musk could soon be worth up to $600 billion

At least 175 billionaires and billionaire couples have committed to donating a majority of their fortunes to charity through the Giving Pledge, and a Wealth-X study predicts the initiative may be worth as much as $600 billion by 2022.
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates talks with a colleague before the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. May 6, 2017.

Bill Gates and a group of investors are backing a $30 million ‘venture philanthropy’ fund to tackle Alzheimer’s

Bill Gates and a group of philanthropists are sinking $30 million into the Diagnostics Accelerator, a "venture philanthropy" fund to develop early diagnostic procedures and bring them to market quickly.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest man in recent history with a net worth of $150 billion, beating Bill Gates’ record

Jeff Bezos is worth $150 million, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. After adjusting for inflation, that's more than Bill Gates was worth at the height of the dot-com boom in 1999.

Inside the 27-year friendship of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who didn’t even want to meet and now have each other on speed dial

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett didn't have any interest in meeting back in 1991. But they couldn't help taking a liking to each other and becoming best buds.
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates talks with a colleague before the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. May 6, 2017.

20 books Bill Gates says you should read this summer

Bill Gates loves to read. From nonfiction like Walter Isaacson's "Leonardo da Vinci" to poetic works of fiction like Maylis De Kerangal's "The Heart," here are 20 books the Microsoft cofounder recommends.
Bill and Melinda Gates.

A $1 billion Gates Foundation-backed education initiative failed to help students, according to a new report — here’s what happened

A seven-year education initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation centered on improving teacher effectiveness didn't work, according to a new report from RAND. Some observers called the initiative a "failure."
Bill Gates sees AI beating humans at a video-game as a "huge milestone."

Bill Gates hails ‘huge milestone’ for AI as bots work in a team to destroy humans at video game ‘Dota 2’

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company co-founded by Elon Musk, has built a team of five neural networks capable of beating human players in the computer game 'Dota 2.' Bill Gates hailed the ability to train AIs to work in a team.
Bill Gates, left, tried to hire Luis Von Ahn, right, who is now the CEO of Duolingo.

Bill Gates tried to poach the CEO of $700 million Duolingo, and they still keep in touch — here’s what they talk about

Bill Gates tried to hire Duolingo cofounder Luis Von Ahn for Microsoft's research team years ago. While Von Ahn turned down the offer, the two kept in touch, and have spoken nearly a dozen times since to talk apps and artificial intelligence.
Apple CEO Tim Cook.

16 of the biggest leaders in Silicon Valley reveal the one thing they would tell their teenage selves

Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, and various other leaders in the tech industry have been asked the question "What would you tell your younger self?" in interviews over the years. Here's what they said.