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The wise knew the demise would be slow. Bill Gates gave newspapers another 50 years

Profile: Otto Bettmann: File under genius

Lunchtime on a skyscraper girder, Marilyn with her skirt flying up, the Hindenburg bursting into flames - one man is responsible for bringing us some of this century's most iconic images. Robert Winder pays tribute to the remarkable Otto Bettmann, founder of the world's first great picture library

Goldman and Gates vie for Cliveden

Goldman and Gates vie for Cliveden

Bill Gates' pounds 31bn makes him world's richest man

BILL GATES, the United States Microsoft chief, is the world's richest man, according to a list of the world's 200 most wealthy businessmen. But not one Briton makes the top 100 of the billionaires list published by Forbes Magazine.

Bill Gates is richest person

BILL GATES, the US Microsoft chief, is the world's richest man, according to a list of the world's 200 most wealthy businessmen. But not one Briton makes the top 100 of the billionaires list published by Forbes Magazine.

Bill Gates adds Cliveden to his portfolio for pounds 44m

CLIVEDEN, THE stately home that provided an elaborate backdrop to the wild society parties of the Profumo affair in the early 1960s, has begun another chapter in its colourful history. It has been bought by the world's richest man, Bill Gates.

Inside Business: Seven sins of strategy

IF IT were not for the appealing way she throws her brickbats, business would have had enough of Eileen Shapiro by now, writes Roger Trapp. Having poured scorn on managers' willingness to put their faith in the latest "big thing" in Fad Surfing in the Boardroom, which attacked executives for delegating responsibility to consultants, she's back with The Seven Deadly Sins of Business.

Theatre: Tomorrow's World Today

Some mornings, pushing a soft, plastic button and smiting an ergonomically- designed computer keyboard in order to log on (clocking in, so to speak) is as much 'work' as a person can bring themselves to do until they've had a stiff cup of tea and read the job ads. This five-second process is as unremarkable a daily routine as smiling at the receptionist or hanging up your coat. Had you been one of the first schoolchildren to learn how to use a computer, however, you may appreciate the effort that has gone into making it such a simple process.

Unbundling Bill Gates and why it's so hard

Jeremy Warner on meeting Bill Gates and the mistake he's made in not backing off earlier

Letter: Why we use Windows

Sir: It is ironic that The Independent should apparently be oblivious to the effect on a market of a single dominant player. Bill Gates already wields considerably more power in the computer industry than Rupert Murdoch is ever likely to achieve in the media. And rather than innovate Microsoft spends, in the last three years alone having purchased outright more than 30 technology companies.

Bill Gates stages rally to plead his cause

BILL GATES, chief executive of Microsoft, staged a campaign rally in mid-town Manhattan yesterday in a new attempt to dissuade the US government from delaying the launch of his Windows 98 software.

Network: The family business? OK so far, but could do better

Heir to the famous Getty Oil fortune, Mark Getty could easily have lived off the family trust fund. Instead, he chose a strikingly different path. An Oxford graduate, the young Getty became an investment banker, where he met Getty Images co-founder Jonathan Klein. He was just 23 when his uncle Gordon Getty sold Getty Oil, against his families' wishes, to Texaco for $11bn.

3Com's new weapon in the battle for a big little market

The Palm Pilot, main challenger to Windows CE handhelds, is being upgraded. Steve Homer gets his mitts on the Palm III

Leading Article: Even Gates must play by the rules

LATER THIS year Bill Gates's Microsoft will unveil Windows 98, the latest, fastest and (it hopes) most "user-friendly" interface between computer users and their machines. However exaggerated some of the claims made for the role computers play in our economy and society, there is no doubt this launch will once again be a great event and will change the way millions of people around the world function on a daily basis. But if Microsoft sticks with its current plans, it will be selling a product which, American courts argue, constitutes a restraint on competition. And that is something even Bill Gates, hero of cyberspace, should not be allowed to do.

Fast Track: Corporate Strategies - 3. Interview Techniques

The inside track on becoming a consummate professional: No one expects the Spanish Inquisition

If it's got a plug on the end of it, Bill Gates wants a piece of it

Who can stop microsoft?
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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