Giving Billions Isn't Easy: Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates

Patty Stonesifer, 43, may have the best job in the world. What she does every day as chairwoman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is think about how to give away chunks of money that amount to the annual income of a small nation. That's not as simple as it sounds. She will tell you it's an easy thing to do badly: to write checks to the wrong people and tell them to come back in a few years when they need a little more. But to do it well, to apply all those billions where they will make the...

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