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Bill & Melinda Gates give $1M to gun law; Nick Hanauer pours in another $1M

Bill & Melinda Gates had already donated $50,000 to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a coalition that wants to require background checks for Washington residents who buy firearms at gun shows and online. But now the couple is reaching deeper into their pockets and late last week poured in $500,000 each to the organization. The Gates’ have joined Steve… Read More

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Bill and Melinda Gates tell Stanford grads to seek social good, not just financial gain

Bill and Melinda Gates told Stanford students at commencement yesterday that they should bring the school’s innovative spirit with them into the working world, but they shouldn’t lose sight of social good in the quest to generate profits. In the first joint commencement speech in Stanford history, the pair spoke highly of the school’s culture of innovation,… Read More

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Melinda Gates now has a comic book about her life

Up until now, Bill Gates was likely the only member of his family to have a comic book written about his life. Not anymore. Vancouver, WA.-based Blue Water Productions is back with another tech-related comic book and this time it features Melinda Gates, the well-known spouse to Bill G. As part of its Female Force series that highlights… Read More

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Melinda Gates ranks #3 on list of most powerful women

Move over Oprah. Melinda Gates is out to change the world, and she’s moving up the list of the most powerful women. Forbes released its annual ranking of the 100 most powerful women in the world, and Seattle’s very own philanthropic powerhouse ranked third behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. I guess that’s what… Read More

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‘Slut factories’ and Super PACs: Melinda Gates on ‘Colbert’

Did Stephen Colbert just get away with calling the Gates Foundation a ‘slut factory?’ Last night the cantankerous faux right-winger took aim at Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on The Colbert Report. Gates appeared on Colbert to talk foreign aid, especially the Foundation’s new initiative to make contraceptives more widely… Read More

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Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates named to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, philanthropist Melinda Gates and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center director Dr. Larry Corey are among those who’ve been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a more than 230-year old organization that recognizes scholars, scientists, writers, artists and philanthropic leaders. “Election to the Academy is both an honor for extraordinary accomplishment and… Read More

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An ‘impatient’ Melinda Gates joins Twitter, tops 17,000 followers in a day thanks to Tweet from BillG

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates joined Twitter in January 2010, and has quickly assembled an audience of some 3.5 million followers. Now, Gates’ wife, Melinda, is joining the short-form communication channel. And — thanks to to a Tweet from her hubbie — she’s already attracted some 17,450 followers even though she’s just posted four Tweets to… Read More