Bill Gates

McDonald's french fries, carrots, onions: all of the foods that come from Bill Gates farmland (by April Glaser in NBC News, June 8, 2021): "Gates does not appear to count his farming investments as the nation’s largest farmland owner as part of his broader strategy to save the climate."

Why Billionaires Like Bill Gates Can’t Fix the Problems They Helped Create (Linsey McGoey in NYT Opinion, May 25, 2021): "Asking Bill Gates to fix inequality is like asking an arsonist to hose down your house after he just set it on fire. Philanthropists might have the deep pockets to fund the fire engine and water hose, but the money is coming from making our houses unlivable in the first place."

How the cult of Bill Gates is leading us towards a climate disaster (by Verner Viisainen in Varsity UK, May 7, 2021): "No matter the intentions, such a level of individual power without accountability is problematic, especially when the BMGF uses its influence to promote neoliberal economic policies and corporate globalisation, both of which put profit over people. The ideology at the heart of Gates' philanthropy can be described as 'philanthrocapitalism', where the key principles of capitalism are applied to philanthropy, primarily by increasingly favouring for-profit businesses rather than the public sector."

Bill and Melinda Gates divorce after 27 years of marriage (BBC, May 4, 2021): "Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce after 27 years of marriage, saying 'we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple.'"

Covid Vaccines (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, May 3, 2021): Oliver explains the origins of the "Bill Gates microchip" conspiracy theory and includes a snippet of an interview with Bill and Melinda Gates, pre-divorce.

Tim Nicholas (on Twitter, Apr 29, 2021): "The Gates Foundation has seemingly been spending a small fortune recently on getting educational YouTubers with massive audiences to push Bill Gates' new book and more generally to present him as the guru that can save us from both COVID and the Climate Emergency."

Bill Gates says no to sharing vaccine formulas with global poor to end pandemic (Salon, Apr 26, 2021): "Health advocates blast Microsoft billionaire for saying patent protections on life-saving vaccines must remain."

How Bill Gates Impeded Global Access to Covid Vaccines (New Republic, April 12, 2021): "Through his hallowed foundation, the world’s de facto public health czar has been a stalwart defender of monopoly medicine." (Note also the dramatic title art on this piece.)

Is Bill Gates a “Good” Billionaire? (interview of The Nation's Tim Schwab on Paris Marx's “Tech Won’t Save Us” podcast, March 11, 2021)

Bill Gates, Big Pharma and entrenching the vaccine apartheid (Mail & Guardian, Jan 30, 2021): "Despite Gates' stated commitment to an equitable distribution of the Covid vaccine, he is refusing to back South Africa and India's calls for a waiver on patents. This should not come as a surprise: the Gates Foundation has historically been opposed to efforts to reform intellectual property protections for pharmaceutical companies - putting it at odds with other public health NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - and has in fact lobbied for developing countries to impose even stronger protections for drug companies' patents. This is perhaps because Gates' own fortune is built on intellectual property, specifically the copy­rights and patents associated with Windows and Microsoft."

Thread by Nanjira (on Twitter, Sep 3, 2020): "During the pandemic, news outlets have widely looked to Bill Gates as a public health expert on covid - even though Gates has no medical training and is not a public official."

Bill Gates Met With Jeffrey Epstein Many Times, Despite His Past (by Emily Flitter and James B. Stewart in NYT, Oct 12, 2019): "'His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me,' Mr. Gates emailed colleagues in 2011, after his first get-together with Mr. Epstein."