Tag: Bill Gates

Worth Repeating: AZ Resort Hosts Secret Billionaires Retreat

May 14, 2011 | 1:33 PM | Tucson | By Staff

While you we were out slamming shots of tequila on Cinco de Mayo, a certain Arizona resort was hosting an extraordinary gathering of the world’s richest people. We’re talking mega-billionaires such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett—all partying at a super-secret conference hosted at the crazy-posh Miraval Resort outside of Tucson. You know, the place Oprah stays when she’s doing the desert hideaway thing.

So what were these jet-setting titans of industry up to? Plotting world domination, no doubt. Or, even more diabolically, rigging the vote to get Casey Abrams voted off American Idol? Nope, they we’re discussing the best way to give away their billions to charity.

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Tucson Resort Hosts Secret Billionaires Retreat

May 9, 2011 | 11:16 AM | Tucson | By Staff

While you we were out slamming shots of tequila on Cinco de Mayo, a certain Arizona resort was hosting an extraordinary gathering of the world’s richest people. We’re talking mega-billionaires such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett—all partying at a super-secret conference hosted at the crazy-posh Miraval Resort outside of Tucson. You know, the place Oprah stays when she’s doing the desert hideaway thing.

So what were these jet-setting titans of industry up to? Plotting world domination, no doubt. Or, even more diabolically, rigging the vote to get Casey Abrams voted off American Idol? Nope, they we’re discussing the best way to give away their billions to charity.

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Russian Bilionaire Buys $100M Vacation Home

April 1, 2011 | 7:38 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

While the Valley’s real estate market is still in the tank, things are looking up in one market segment: mansions for the ultra-wealthy. Yes, Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner, just shattered the record for the most expensive home sale in US history with his $100M purchase of a 25,000-sq-ft mansion in Los Altos, CA. Overlooking the San Francisco bay, the nine-bedroom home boasts both indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom and a wine cellar, as well as a tennis court tucked on the 11-acre grounds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Learn how Milner made his billions after the jump. (Hint: He really ‘likes’ Facebook.)

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Artificial Clouds Are on the Horizon

March 25, 2011 | 6:00 AM | Home & Design | By Staff

Bill Gates recently invested in these ocean-based cloud machines in hopes of combating Global Warming

Living here in the Valley of the Sun, who doesn’t appreciate the stray cloud or two? Well soon you might be able to summon one with the push of a button. At least that’s the goal of a couple of the world’s wealthiest people, if for very different reasons.

First the fun stuff. When Qatar (the teeny-tiny but crazy-rich Middle Eastern nation) landed the 2022 World Cup, many wondered how smart it was to hold a summertime soccer tournament in the heart of a sizzling desert. Enter the scientists at Qatar University, who say they will cool the stadium via man-made artificial clouds, aka super-light carbon structures that are kept afloat by helium gas. (Finally, a positive use for our estimated $1.34 billion a day gasoline addiction.*)

And speaking of fossil fuels, everybody’s fav billionaire, Bill Gates is also investing in artificial clouds, hoping to ‘white-out’ the effects of Global Warming.

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Valley’s Richest Revealed

March 10, 2011 | 12:23 PM | People | By Staff

Once again, those list-lovers at Forbes magazine have rolled out their rankings of the World’s Billionaires (all 1,210 of them). And for the second year in a row, the World’s Richest Man is not named either Gates or Buffett. Yes, Mexican mogul (and owner of the world’s skinniest mansion), Carlos Slim is the leader in the clubhouse with an estimated personal fortune of $74B. Meanwhile, poor Billy Gates (pictured) had to settle for the number 2 ranking with a mere $56B in crappy software profits.

But what’s the fun of hating on jet-setting international billionaires, when you can hate on our own local robber barons? Meet your friendly neighborhood billionaires after the jump.

All images via Forbes

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