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  • March 26- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity- after paying for his 10- year-old nephew's college education. Billionaire financier...

  • KING GEORGE ISLAND, Antarctica— They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice, and even took in the spectacle of a humpback whale flapping its tale amid a sea of melting icebergs. "In Antarctica, you can plan all you like, but you can't really schedule anything," goes a local saying.

  • Google exec says immigration changes would help economy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 5:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The executive chairman at Google urged Congress on Wednesday to increase the number of high-skilled work visas made available to foreigners and to deal with other immigration issues later on. Eric Schmidt spoke Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. Orrin Hatch of Utah would expand the current annual cap on...

  • RICHMOND, Va.— Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates are launching a fund to help low- and middle-income countries fight often long and expensive legal battles with the tobacco industry. The newly created Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund backed by $4 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill& Melinda...

  • LONDON, March 18- Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg and Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, cited examples such as Uruguay, which since 2010 has been fighting a legal challenge...

  • LONDON, March 18- Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg and Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, cited examples such as Uruguay, which since 2010 has been fighting a legal challenge...

  • TEL AVIV/ FRANKFURT, March 12- Two years after scientists cooked up the first test tube beef hamburger, researchers in Israel are working on an even trickier recipe: the world's first lab-grown chicken. Professor Amit Gefen, a bioengineer at Tel Aviv University, has begun a year-long feasibility study into manufacturing chicken in a lab, funded by a non-profit...

  • Someone's getting rich on your kids' test scores Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 2:45 PM ET
    Student Allison Ramirez asks for help in a fourth-grade math class at Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, Md., where teachers are training themselves to teach students in a new style of learning math to prepare them for more rigorous education standards under Common Core.

    Controversy around Common Core hasn't stopped companies like Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Apple from cashing in on huge education contracts.

  • Why we need a global wealth tax: Piketty Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 6:09 PM ET
    Thomas Piketty at the New York Stock Exchange.

    A global wealth tax and not a consumption tax will fix wealth inequality around the world, economist and author Thomas Piketty told CNBC.

  • March 5- The Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation said it would invest $52 million in CureVac, a German biotechnology company that develops vaccines and immunotherapies, marking the foundation's biggest-ever equity investment. As part of the deal, any Gates Foundation- funded products will be made available by CureVac at affordable prices in poor countries.

  • TABLE-Forbes rich list rankings Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 2:34 PM ET

    March 2- Bill Gates topped Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest people, released on Monday, with Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim Helu in second place. 6 Charles Koch $42.9 bln Up Diversified U.S. 6 David Koch $42.9 bln Up Diversified U.S. 8 Christy Walton $41.7 bln Up Wal-Mart Stores Inc U.S. 11 Alice Walton $39.4 bln Up Wal-Mart U.S. 12...

  • This school is cranking out the most IPO leaders Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 7:38 AM ET
    Harvard Business School

    This Ivy League school is the alma mater for seven chief executives who led their companies' IPOs last year.

  • Midday update: Beef, Icahn & Bill Gates   Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:29 PM ET
    Midday update: Beef, Icahn & Bill Gates

    CNBC's Sue Herera reports on this hour's top headlines, including McDonald's weaker than expected sales, and Carl Icahn winning a seat on Manitowoc's board.

  • Most charitable of 2013

    CNBC's Robert Frank reports on the top tech donors in 2013. There was a huge amount of giving by the under-40 tech crowd.

  • Who gave away the most money in 2014? Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 10:38 AM ET
    Bill Gates, founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    America's 50 top givers in 2014 donated $9.8 billion to charity, up 27.5 percent from the top 50 gifts in 2013, according to a new report.

  • Number of billionaires surges to record high Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 9:59 AM ET
    Microsoft co-founder and Berkshire Hathaway board member Bill Gates, left, and Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett are shown prior to the annual shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb.

    The number of billionaires in the world grew by 222 in 2014, bringing the total to a record 2,089, according to a new report. Here's how much they own.

  • BEIJING, Feb 3- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Jack Ma is no longer China's richest man, according to a report on Tuesday, with the top spot snatched by Li Hejun, a solar energy entrepreneur whose Hanergy Holding Group Ltd has come under fire for its intragroup dealings. Li's Hanergy Group has been the subject of analyst concern over what the Financial Times last week...

  • Make AI machines safe before smart: Experts Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 5:52 PM ET
    Artificial intelligence robots

    Researchers need to develop measures for safe artificial intelligence before businesses and consumers widely adopt it, experts said.

  • Bill Gates sees artificial intelligence as threat Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Bill Gates

    During a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" discussion Wednesday, Bill Gates said that we should be worried about AI becoming too powerful.

  • BERLIN, Jan 27- International donors pledged $7.5 billion on Tuesday to immunize 300 million children in poor countries against deadly diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. At a Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization conference in Berlin, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the British government topped the donations list at $1.55 billion and $1.5...