Bill Gates - Celebrities and Players at the Men's Final of the 2014 U.S. Open. Marin Cilic of Croatia won the U.S. Open men's Tennis championship. Cilic won a Grand Slam title for the first time in his career, defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in straight sets in Flushing Meadows, New York, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 8th September 2014
Now you've seen everyone do it...
Just when we thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge couldn't get any better (we honestly thought the swearing toddler topped them all!), an unlikely group of people have decided to take it on over in Ireland; they would be none other than Redemptoristine Sisters of Dublin.
Nuns can have fun too!
In the latest viral Ice Bucket Challenge to hit the web, a group of six nuns dressed in their traditional habits and red robes drench each other in icy water after hearing about the hugely popular charity internet craze which was set up to raise money for the ALS Association. Now it seems LITERALLY everybody has done it.
Bill Gates - A-list celebrities including "Mirrors" hit-maker Justin Timberlake, Canadian popstar Justin Bieber, TV show host Oprah Winfrey, host of American idol Ryan Seacrest, Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, English fashion model Cara Delevingne and many more have all taken part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, designed to raise money and awareness for the neurodegenerative illness ALS also known as MND - Tuesday 19th August 2014
Bill Gates is once again the richest man in the world as his fortune rose $9 billion this past year.
Bill Gates is back as the leader of the prestigious billionaires club.
The co-founder of Microsoft has taken his position as richest man in the world for the first time in four years, after his fortune rose $9 billion this past year, Forbes announced.
The No.1 spot has been held by Mexico's telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu for the past four years, but now he slides to second place.
Continue reading: Bill Gates Crowned No.1 On Forbes' Billionaires List
Bill Gates offers huge cash prize to budding inventors to invent new condom
The Bill Gates Condom Challenge has been launched by the Microsoft leader’s charitable organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the unusual challenge, to design a new kind of condom, is to work on reducing the prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Huffington Post reports that Gates has offered to give away $100,000 to the winner of the challenge, which aims to find someone able to create a condom that appeals to the men that need to use them.
The foundation is particularly focused on the problem of low condom use in places where cultural barriers hinders the use of protection. In Zambia, for instance, the AIDS Alliance reports that the suggestion of using a condom can in many instances lead to domestic violence. A blog on the foundation’s website lays out the challenge: “What if we could develop a condom that would provide all the benefit of our current versions, without the drawbacks? Even better, what if we could develop one that was preferred to no condom?”
The deputy director of the HIV Program at the Gates Foundation told MyNorthwest.com “the more appealing a condom is for a man to use, the greater likelihood of use there will be. And we're not talking about a particularly expensive technology here by any means. They are the least expensive HIV technology."
Continue reading: Bill Gates Condom Challenge Aims To Reduce AIDS And Other Diseases
George Lucas' donation of over half the $4 billion from the Disney deal will see him considered amongst the most generous philanthropists of all time. After announcing that he had sold LucasFilm to Disney, a spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter that Lucas has expressed his intention to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavours.
Though it's not clear how much Lucas will take from the deal personally, it's likely to be billions. He signed on to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's Giving Pledge back in 2010 and promised to give away at least half of his wealth by the time of his death. In his pledge letter, the legendary director and producer wrote, "I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future - and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children." Though his couple of billion won't see Lucas reach the heady philanthropic heights of Gates and Buffett (who have both donated more than $45 billion combined), the filmmaker is certainly now amongst the top tier of givers. Elsewhere, George Soros has given over $8 billion, while Intel founder Gordon Moore has handed over $6 billion to worthy causes. The wealthiest man in the world, Carlos Slim Helu, has given $4 billion, according to Forbes.
Lucas founded the George Lucas Educational Foundation and the website Edutopia to reform and improve K-12 education.