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  • Oct 12- Cleaning services company Ecolab Inc. St. Paul, Minnesota- based Ecolab will pay about $1.7 billion in cash and issue about 8 million shares to Champion, subject to certain adjustments at and after closing. Houston- based Champion, whose competitors include Schlumberger NV, Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc, had sales of $1.2 billion last year, Ecolab said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Softbank Corp chief Masayoshi Son told reporters last week he decided to buy a smaller rival for $1.84 billion on an impulse- small change for someone who Forbes estimates lost $18 billion in the dotcom bust, but an unusual move in staid Japan.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has signaled a new direction for the world's largest software company, pointing to hardware and online services as its future, taking a page from long-time rival Apple Inc.

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer got a lower bonus than last year's, partly for flat sales of Windows and his failure to ensure that the company provided a choice of browser to some European customers.

  • Bill Gates in Abu Dhabi: I'll never run for office Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-- Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates on Tuesday ruled out running for office, choosing not to join the parade of rich businessmen who have tried their hand at politics.

  • LVMH head Arnault to be knighted in London Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 2:05 PM ET

    PARIS, Oct 7- The chief executive of French luxury group LVMH, Bernard Arnault, is set to be knighted in London for his contributions to the British luxury industry, an LVMH spokesman said on Sunday. With the knighthood, Arnault will join such personalities as Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg and Placido Domingo, all of whom have been similarly honored.

  • UPDATE 2-Amazon pays top dollar to buy Seattle HQ Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:28 PM ET

    Oct 5- Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it will spend over $1 billion to buy its Seattle corporate headquarters in what will be the United States' biggest commercial real estate deal so far this year for a single location.

  • Oct 5- Amazon.com Inc said on Friday that it will spend more than $1 billion to buy its corporate headquarters in Seattle from Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen's investment firm. Amazon said it expects to close the deal in the fourth quarter.

  • Bill Gates and the Caltech Solar-Powered Toilet Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 10:59 AM ET
    Solar powered toilet

    According to Bill Gates,  nearly 2.6 billion people, 40 percent of the world's population, do not have access to clean sanitation. This results in the deaths of approximately 1.5 million children under five every year. The problem is that the modern toilet, whose design and technology has not changed much since its conception in 1775, requires a lot of water and energy, both of which are in short supply in much of the developing world.

  • What the Wealthy Are Driving Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 4:02 PM ET
    Some wealthy people flaunt their status with shows of conspicuous consumption, while others prefer to stay low-key. These preferences extend to their major purchases, from the type of houses they buy, the type of clothes that they wear and type of cars that they drive. an automotive information website headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the  as determined by the I.R.S. These included some of the usual places that one might expect, such as Low

    TrueCar.com, an automotive information website, conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the most affluent zip codes. Check out what they found.

  • Bill Gates and Warren Buffett

    An analysis of the billionaire signers of the Giving Pledge shows that most of them are bankers and financiers who are older than 65 and give to health and education causes.

  • What Bill Gates Should Read This Summer Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 1:12 PM ET
    Bill Gates

    "In the month since I posted my Great Summer Reading list," Gates writes, "I was pleasantly surprised to see the number of people who responded with their book recommendations."

  • Get Up! Relaxation Makes You Stupid: Author Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Rush, by Todd G. Buchholz

    Want to innovate, want to create? The author of, "RUSH: Why We Thrive in the Rat Race" offers some advice saying it begins by getting out of the office.

  • How to Retire Abroad: Costa Rica Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 10:45 AM ET
    When the time comes to retire, not everyone wants a condo in Boca Raton. Many people want to spend their later years in another culture, one that makes them feel like they’ve stumbled upon a secret paradise.One such place is Costa Rica. Its name means “rich coast,” which is appropriate considering its location on the Central American isthmus. Its equatorial location keeps its climate tropical year-round, and the Pacific Ocean on its west side and the Caribbean Sea to the east make it everything

    Many people want to spend their later years in an environment that makes them feel like they’ve stumbled upon a secret paradise.

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hits 16-Month High Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 7:44 PM ET

    Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway continue to rally, closing at a fresh 16-month high.  Berkshire's performance will be one of the topics covered when Buffett appears live on "Squawk Box" tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 7:30 am ET.

  • Warren Buffett: I'm Not a 'Card-Carrying' Democrat Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 4:17 PM ET
    Warren Buffett (L), CEO and chairman of investment company Berkshire Hathaway, and adviser to former US president Bill Clinton, Vernon Jordan, attend the 25th anniversary dinner of the Economic Club of Washington in Washington on June 5, 2012

    Warren Buffett says he's not a "card-carrying" Democrat.  He explains why, and covers a number of other topics, in this video of his appearance before the Economic Club of Washington.

  • 'I Got Zucked!'—Sudden Wealth Losses Of the Rich Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 11:32 AM ET
    Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp.

    While Mark Zuckerberg’s daily wealth gyrations may be new, the phenomena of sudden wealth loss is not.  It is now part of the world of wealth, where a growing number of personal fortunes are made and lost in the volatile stock market.

  • Economic Warfare - Ziad K. Abdelnour

    In making his case, says most major wealth creation comes from doing what other people consider insufferably boring.

  • Gold

    It's not everyday you can find people to take the opposite side of a trade from Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, but then gold is not your average trade.

  • Gates, Buffett Talk Currencies Monday, 7 May 2012 | 8:15 AM ET
    Gates, Buffett Talk Currencies

    "The challenge with currencies is all the big ones have some difficulty," says Bill Gates. "It's not like the Americans have solved their deficit." Meanwhile Warren Buffett also shares his view on currencies.