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  • 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.

  • Bill Gates, left, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett pose for a picture after a press conference Monday, June 26, 2006 in New York.  Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, recently announced his intention of giving 10 million shares of his company to charitable organizations, the majority going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Warren Buffett is number one on Business Week's just-released ranking of American philanthropists.  Buffett's pledge two years ago to donate the bulk of his huge fortune to charity over a number of years puts him at the top of the list with $40.655 billion given or pledged between 2004 and 2008.

  • Web Extra: Why U.S. Steel Earnings Don't Matter Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | 9:04 PM ET

    In this Web Extra the traders talk steel and pharma stocks while also paying some attention to the Fed meeting, housing numbers, and delivering a message to Bill Gates.

  • Warren Buffett is the nation's most generous billionaire, according to a new ranking by Condé Nast's Portfolio Magazine.

  • Which CEOs Are Giving The Most To Charity? Friday, 17 Oct 2008 | 8:03 AM ET
    WALL STREET IN CRISIS - A CNBC SPECIAL REPORT

    The credit crunch has meant tight money, so "Philanthropy is getting slammed," says Portfolio magazine editor in chief Monday Joanne Lipman told CNBC. "All the banks are major donors," she adds, citing Merrill Lynch as well as insurer AIG.

  • Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in a 2003 file photo

    Just weeks after losing his title of "America's Richest Billionaire," Warren Buffett is number one again.  Forbes Magazine is out with a September update to its Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the United States.  October may be another story.

  • Warren Buffett Loses Title of World's Richest Billionaire Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 | 8:50 PM ET

    After six months as the reigning "World's Richest Billionaire," Warren Buffett has lost his title, and a few billion dollars.  The Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans has just been released, and Buffett's friend Bill Gates, the former Microsoft Chairman, is at the top of the rankings, with an estimated net worth of $57 billion.  That tops Buffett's $50 billion, although he's still number two out of 400 on the Forbes list of the nation's super-rich.

  • Long-time Buffett friend and former Kiewit CEO Walter Scott, Jr.

    As oil sand stocks continue to rally in the wake of Monday's visit by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to northeastern Alberta, we may have a "clue" to an Omaha connection for the tour.

  • Warren Buffett and Bill Gates sparked some speculation and discussion with their visit to Canada's oil sands region, but there's no hard evidence that they have actually invested, or will invest, in the energy source that some see as an alternative to U.S. reliance on Middle Eastern oil.  Even so, shares of Canadian Natural rallied today by just over seven percent to close at $82.91 in New York.

  • Warren Buffett and Bill Gates flew into northeastern Alberta, Canada, yesterday (Monday) for a "quiet" visit to a multi-billion dollar project that, in effect, extracts oil from rocks.  The Calgary Herald reports on its website tonight (Tuesday) that Buffett and Gates were impressed by their tour of the Canadian Natural Resources Horizon oil sands development north of the small, but booming, city of Fort McMurray, roughly 1600 miles northwest from Omaha.

  • Icahn Buys More Motorola; Soros Ups Lehman Stake Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 5:17 PM ET
    Carl Icahn

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn reported that he had increased his stake in Motorola to 144.1 million shares from 115.6 million shares the prior quarter. Meanwhile, George Soros raised his stake in Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers to 9.5 million shares.

  • Pimco's Gross: Fed Can't Raise Rates Due to Economy Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 3:02 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve's decision to hold the line on interest rates was the only move the central bank could make considering the state of the US economy, PIMCO chief Bill Gross said on CNBC.

  • Jack Welch & The New 10 Commandments Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 12:27 PM ET
    Winning The Answers - by Jack and Suzy Welch

    I got an email from Suzy Welch who is spending the summer writing her upcoming book, “10-10-10: Transform Your Life with Clear, Considered, Stress-Free Choices”. The book is being published by Scribner (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) and will be ready next spring.

  • Bill Gates, left, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett pose for a picture after a press conference Monday, June 26, 2006 in New York.  Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, recently announced his intention of giving 10 million shares of his company to charitable organizations, the majority going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Warren Buffett's annual gift to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of Berkshire Hathaway stock is worth just over $1.8 billion this year, about two percent more than last year's donation.

  • Bill Gates

    Today's the day. Well sort of. Bill Gates will retire from Microsoft, kind of. He's leaving the day-to-day responsibilities to others. But not really.