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  • Warren Buffett delivered an inspirational big-money "offer" and a half-million dollar piece of advice for the hundreds of Columbia Business School students given the opportunity to attend today's CNBC Town Hall Event with Bill Gates.

  • Bill Gates: The Billionaire Philanthropist Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 3:16 PM ET
    Business mogul, chairman of Microsoft, author, philanthropist, William Henry Gates III, more commonly known as Bill Gates has left a mark in history.  Gates is most noted for being the co-founder of the software company Microsoft and recently for being named 2009’s Richest Person in America by Forbes Magazine.  With all of these achievements under his belt Gates is using the second half of his life to give back to the world.  His philanthropy work has taken his accomplishments to a new level.Cli

    With a variety of business achievements under his belt, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is using the second half of his life to give back to the world.

  • Warren Buffett and Bill Gates answered questions from more than 700 cheering Columbia University students gathered in a campus auditorium for a 90-minute CNBC Town Hall event that will air at 9p ET tonight.  Speaking of the severe problems last fall at the height of the crisis, Buffett said, "Our economy was sputtering" and "is still sputtering some." 

  • Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and CNBC's Becky Quick tour the Columbia University campus before today's Town Hall Event: "Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: Keeping America Great" at Columbia University's Business school.

    Just over one hour from now, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates will appear before roughly 700 Columbia Business School students to answers questions from the "next generation" of the world's business leaders.

  • Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett has been named the 14th most powerful person in the world in a new ranking released tonight by Forbes .. but once again, he comes in behind his friend Bill Gates.

  • Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, right, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates participate in a Q & A session with students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business Administration, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 30, 2005.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Warren Buffett and Bill Gates will be the 'Big Men on Campus' next month when they go to Columbia Business School to answer questions from the "next generation of business leaders" .. and CNBC's cameras will be there.  We've just announced that a one-hour special town hall event, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates: Keeping America Great, will air Thursday, November 12 at 9p and 12a ET.

  • The Best Job-Hunting Tips for Executives Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 9:17 AM ET

    Over 40 an unemployed? Here are the six best job-hunting tips for executives, including how to shave 10 years off of your image and why your current job search isn't working. Sorry, sir. Someone had to tell you.

  • Microsoft's Ballmer Secure as CEO Thursday, 22 Oct 2009 | 9:40 AM ET
    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

    When you're running a company the size of Microsoft, you're going to face issues. Lots of them. Competition with Apple, and Google, and Sony, economic vagaries, the European Commission, the Justice Department. Product development, innovation, politics.

  • Is Your Chronic Impatience Killing Your Business? Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 12:30 PM ET
    Confused man

    It’s as if we each have a channel-changing remote control embedded in our restless, fidgety brains. Is someone taking too long to get to the point? Zap. Are you boring me? Click.

  • Warren Buffett and Forbes

    Warren Buffett tops the list of the biggest losers among America's richest billionaires, with an estimated $10 billion drop in his personal wealth over the past twelve months. That's the result of Berkshire Hathaway's 20 percent stock decline.  But Buffett's remaining $40 billion is still enough to maintain his number two ranking on the annual Forbes 400 ranking of the country's wealthiest people.

  • Charitable Foundations See Endowments Drop Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:59 AM ET
    Robin Hood Foundation

    U.S. foundations saw their investments drop by an average of 26 percent in 2008 amid the economic downturn and stock market collapse, but that hasn't slowed their charitable giving, a new survey has found.

  • Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, right, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates participate in a Q & A session with students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business Administration, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 30, 2005.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Microsoft's Bill Gates says the best advice he's ever gotten from his friend and fellow billionaire Warren Buffett is to keep things simple.

  • Warren Buffett Kicks Butt In Battle of the Boots Saturday, 6 Jun 2009 | 9:30 PM ET

    A pair of cowboy boots signed by Warren Buffett has sold for $2700 at a Nebraska charity auction.  That's $600 more than the $2100 high bid for boots signed by Buffett's friend and friendly competitor, Bill Gates.

  • Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, right, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates participate in a Q & A session with students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business Administration, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 30, 2005.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Warren Buffett and his friend Bill Gates reportedly joined with David Rockefeller Sr. to invite a group of the world's richest people to gather in one room earlier this month.  The agenda wasn't world domination. It was making philanthropy more effective.  Among the other well-known, and very wealthy names, attending the meeting on May 5 in New York City: Michael Bloomberg, Peter Peterson, George Soros, Ted Turner, and Oprah Winfrey.

  • Markets posted gains on the strength of Monday's good news from the housing and manufacturing sectors. In the meantime, Warren Buffett told CNBC that although the economy is "very slow," he remains optimistic that the economy will eventually improve. Watch the accompanying videos for more on what other experts had to say...

  • Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, right, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates participate in a Q & A session with students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business Administration, in Lincoln, Neb., Friday, Sept. 30, 2005.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Warren Buffett's good friend and philanthropy partner, Bill Gates, says he's made a lifelong commitment to protect Berkshire Hathaway's culture and values after Buffett is no longer running the company.

  • Warren Buffett has certainly lost billions of dollars over the past year, but has he lost his title of "World's Richest Billionaire?"   We'll find out when the 2009 edition of the widely-followed Forbes ranking of global wealth is released at 6p ET tonight (Wednesday).

  • Gates Foundation Raises Stakes in KO, MCD Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 9:34 AM ET

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday increased its share stake in heavyweights like Coca Cola, McDonald's and Autonation.

  • Ballmer Opens New Windows, Beats Microsoft Drum Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 10:26 PM ET
    Steve Ballmer

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage in Las Vegas Wednesday night to kick off the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the first time he has delivered the prestigious opening keynote address, a role filled by his colleague Bill Gates for the last 14 years.

  • A Smaller CES, But Big Tech News Still Expected Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 11:30 AM ET

    Here's the thing about technology and the technology industry: pioneers and visionaries like Microsoft, Intel, Sony and so many others didn't make their fortunes focused on today and tomorrow. They're all about the future, which is particularly important in today's current economic climate.