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Bill Gates pushes green energy with Trump

On one end of the phone, there was Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, who has pledged a good chunk of his fortune to ending climate change. On the other end of the line, there was President-elect Donald Trump, who has described

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Gates, Bezos back $1bn clean energy fund

Bill Gates and more than a dozen of the world’s wealthiest individuals revealed a new, US$1bn investment fund late on Sunday to foster major advances in clean energy production. Dubbed Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the 20-year fund

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Amazon Prime Video to launch worldwide

Amazon.com is preparing to take its video streaming service worldwide in a challenge to Netflix, the world’s largest paid online TV network. Amazon, which currently offers the service in only a handful

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Tech’s super rich just got richer still

Technology billionaires are making a run for the top of the global wealth rankings as surges for Facebook, Amazon.com and Google parent Alphabet added US$5,6bn to their founders’ fortunes this week. Google co-founders

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Jeff Bezos now world’s third richest person

Jeff Bezos just snuck past Warren Buffett to become the third richest person on Earth. The Amazon.com founder’s net worth was US$65,05bn on Thursday (R923bn at the time of writing), topping Buffett by $32m on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

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Watch: Blue Origin lands unmanned rocket

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’s space-exploration company launched and landed an unmanned rocket on Sunday while testing a parachute failure, a key step in checking the safety of its New Shepard vehicle before sending it to space

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The richest tech billionaires in the world

According to the latest ranking of the world’s richest people, published on Wednesday, Bill Gates still tops the list with a fortune of $75bn, while the net worth of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has leapt higher in the past year

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The businesses leading the new race to space

Jeff Bezos may not have gone where no man has gone before, but in successfully landing its New Shephard rocket back on Earth, his rocket company Blue Origins has pipped ahead of rivals in the race to make space commercially viable. It’s a significant coup in the latest incarnation of the space race. And it may have

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The world’s richest tech billionaires

Unsurprisingly, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison top the list of the richest people in technology, but did you know that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is in third place after a recent surge in the value of the online retailer’s

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Amazon at 20: how it changed publishing

It has been 20 years since Amazon sold its first book: the titillating-sounding Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, by Douglas Hofstadter. Since then publishers have often expressed concern over

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