Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web, That Human Condition | Tags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Extreme Poverty, Melinda Gates | Comments Off on Gates Predicts No Poor Nations by 2035
Bill Gates has made the overtly bold prediction that there “will be almost no poor countries left by 2035”. In the sixth annual letter published by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Gates says that there are already clear signs of progress toward this end.
“By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been,” he wrote in the letter. “People are living longer, healthier lives. Many nations that were aid recipients are now self-sufficient.”
Countries once considered poor, such as China, India, Brazil and even Botswana, now have growing economies, he says. In Africa more broadly, life expectancy has risen since the 1960s despite the HIV epidemic.
More children are going to school and fewer people are hungry and where health conditions have improved, birth-rates have declined, the letter states :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Thank F_ck it's Friday!, They Said What | Tags: Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Beyonce, Cynthia Cooper-Sherron Watkins-Coleen Rowley, Emron Whistleblowers, Golda Meir vs Richard Nixon, Madame Chiang Kai Shek, Melinda Gates, Miley Cyrus, Mother Teresa, Oprah, Queen Elizabeth II, Rosa Parks, Soong May-ling, time person of the year 2013, Wallis Simpson | Comments Off on Time Magazine Man of the Year 2013 Won’t Be A WOMAN!?
There is a slim chance that a woman is going to win Time Magazines Person of the Year 2013, not for a lack of potential candidates, Nobel Peace Prize and US Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, Aung San Suu Kyi exited decades of exile, fronting up for her people in a roughly emerging democracy. If your a little more right-wing with your politicians, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has to be a contender?
If giving is a noteworthy superpower, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the astounding Gates Foundation contributed mind boggling amounts of money to bettering the worlds living standards. Ms Gates and her foundation have made $US26 billion in grants over the past 13 years, not a shabby achievement.
At the less deserving end of contributors – entertainers – there’s Oprah and Beyonce. Oprah topped Forbes ‘Highest Earning Celebrity‘ list – and while many might think that alone is enough praise, she also touched the lives of the small folk, just ask a certain Swiss shop assistant. Beyonce on the other hand could use the prize after naming her child Blue Ivy.
Don’t even get me started on the business world! Point is, there’s always a bunch of talk about including women MORE! This isn’t ever going to happen unless the kudos starts flowing. This years Time Person of the year has been shortlisted, of the ten remaining candidates, three are women. SERIOUSLY TIME! Miley Cyrus :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 19th, 2010 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., Socially Engineered, That Human Condition | Tags: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, Entrepreneurs, Financial Times, Gates Foundation, Gideon Rachman, Jon Friedman, Melinda Gates, Microsoft, Warren Buffett | Comments Off on Bill and Melinda Gates: Second Empire
For most entrepreneurs, building, growing and defending one empire involves a lifetime’s work. But Bill Gates is not most entrepreneurs.
While Gates is best known as the founder of Microsoft, since 1994 Gates and his wife Melinda have been busy building the world’s biggest philanthropic empire. And empire is the right word.
According the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website, the foundation has assets of $US34.6 billion (of which $1.6 billion was provided by Warren Buffett), more than 870 employees and links to over 100 countries.
The foundation is even building a state-of-the art headquarters building (to be known as the foundation’s campus) in its home town of Seattle at a cost of about $US350 million.
An argument could be mounted that the foundation is the Microsoft of the charity sector. And in the last week, Gates second empire has been on the move again. On 16 November the foundation hosted a forum in its home-town of Seattle focussing on the topic of encouraging savings, particularly in the developing world :: Read the full article »»»»