Our preoccupation with the personal relationships of big donors is overshadowing charitable efforts.
Billionaires have carbon footprints hundreds of times higher than the average American. Two scholars tried to put a number on it.
What world will tech billionaires move us towards if they believe that humans are fundamentally dangerous?
The World Health Organization says the abundance of misinformation swirling around COVID-19 is as dangerous as the virus itself. There are ways to fight this, however.
As most of the world early awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, a smaller group of people scoffs. They could spell real trouble in the effort to build widespread immunity.
Generosity is good, but philanthropy can come at a significant social cost.
The vast emissions caused by these individuals suggest that a very small share of humanity has a very significant role in global warming.
A political scientist warns that a new lobbying initiative launched by Bill and Melinda Gates could harm US higher education.
Those who don’t give often face less media scrutiny.
The US$2 billion that the Amazon founder and his wife are donating to help the homeless and educate young kids may appear selfless. But this money may also soften calls to raise taxes on the rich.
The cycle of overpromising and disappointment has left donors, politicians and policymakers looking to improve K-12 public schooling with an underwhelming track record.
American charitable foundations have gradually established themselves as key players in the African academic sector. If the benefits have been remarkable, there are risks as well.
There are about 2,000 billionaires in the world, controlling over $7.6 trillion. How does that compare to the income of an average American?
The first clinical trial examining a drug to treat Alzheimer’s was begun 30 years ago. There is still no cure and no known way to prevent the disease. Two factors may contribute to that.
Exceptional people come from exceptional circumstances that can’t easily be replicated.
Amazon’s founder turned to Twitter to crowdsource ideas for his charitable giving. This populist approach and his preference for short-term results set Jeff Bezos apart from other mega-donors.
While the media glamorizes famous college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, the reality is that most successful people in the U.S. went to – and finished – college.
How to make economic sense of the robot revolution.
We need Mars-level thinking to solve our energy and climate problems here on Earth.
Bill Gates, who has been identified as the world’s most significant donor in the fight against AIDS, shares his thoughts on the pandemic with Africa’s most prominent HIV/AIDS academics.