Despite some journalists’ detention, Myanmar outranks China, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index
The Food Network's new shows favor competition over how-to cooking instruction
Almost a million people enrolled in health plans on the exchanges in February, fewer than the month before
Longtime music executive Luke Wood is bent on making Beats Music the digital consumer's freshest track to curated content
In a divergence of fortunes few would have predicted, U.S. stocks are doing fine while China's market founders
A consumer and a competitor have filed lawsuits to block Green Mountain from selling a new brewer that won't process pods made by rivals
With BMW launching new models and Mercedes gaining, can Audi's A3 compact sedan lure enough U.S. buyers to make up for any setback in China?
European MBA programs compete with top-tier U.S. schools for the best students at home and abroad
States are investing in big data technologies, sharing information, and pursuing additional strategies to collect unpaid taxes
2004-08 Giving* $2,625 million
Bill and Melinda Gates give through their massive Seattle-based family foundation, which says it is "committed to ensuring all people have the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives." With an endowment of nearly $36 billion, the foundation works with partners to give people a chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty in developing countries and, in the U.S., to ensure that all people have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Its endowment is eventually expected to double, thanks to a long-term $31 billion gift from investor Warren Buffett, which pays out in installments. Recent initiatives include $100 million in micro medical-research grants; a $164 million grant to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; and $125 million to fight global tobacco use as part of a $500 million partnership with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
For more, visit the Gates Foundation topic on Business Exchange.
*Based on public records and interviews with donors
Data: BusinessWeek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University