In his foundation's annual letter, Gates says it's a myth that poorer countries cannot become wealthier.
Ballmer gets the blame for Microsoft's recent lackluster stock performance and assorted product misses, and so should Bill Gates and rest of the company's board of directors.
For the first time in four years, Microsoft's chairman beats out telecom mogul Carlos Slim. Other tech execs grace the list this year, including Ellison, Page, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and some newcomers.
Gates has granted Manchester University £62,000 to research making condoms out of a new material.
It seems that the Microsoft chairman would like Facebook and Google billionaires to pay attention to eliminating diseases afflicting the poor, in addition to wiring up the planet.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that if condoms actually felt better to use, global health could improve substantially.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Microsoft founder Bill Gates dropped a few tech tidbits, including that Microsoft "was willing to buy" WhatsApp. He's also no Edward Snowden fan (no surprise).
After a successful education-focused hackathon last year, the two tech giants are expanding the program with two events, female teams, and prizes for the best ed tech apps.
"There is no clear candidate with the visionary skills to turn the company around other than Bill Gates," says Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.
The Microsoft chairman and longtime donor to educational causes partners with Common Sense Media to launch a Web site that offers free apps, games, and curricula to teachers.