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The Rise and Fall of Bill Gates

Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2018. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

When you’re the world’s richest man, as Bill Gates was almost every year from 1995 to 2017, you’re going to generate a lot of envy.

When you’re the world’s richest man, and during a TED Talk about malaria you release mosquitos to demonstrate that the poor shouldn’t only be the only ones worried about the disease, people may start to fear that you’re becoming a supervillain. (The mosquitos did not have malaria.)

When you’re one of the world’s richest men, and your company has extensive contracts with the Chinese government, and you declare in April 2020 that it’s not the right time

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