Bill Gates
Bill Gates
Chairman to devote more time to charitable works. (more)

Steve Ballmer
With Gates stepping down from his day-to-day role at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer should resign as CEO. From Business 2.0's Owen Thomas (more)
Some on Wall Street are calling Ballmer's resignation. But he will remain firmly in charge, and that's a good thing. From FORTUNE's David Kirkpatrick (more)

Iconic founder says he's stepping away from a day to day role at the software maker in two years. Will the company be the same? (more)

Not much of a paper chase for Microsoft's chairman, who uses a range of digital tools to do business. FORTUNE: April 7, 2006 (more)
What two empire builders, Bill Gates and Richard Schulze, wish they had learned in the classroom. FSB: March 1, 2006 (more)
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates answer questions, first for 2,000 Nebraska students, then for FORTUNE's Daniel Roth. The billionaire buddies on the economy, philanthropy, and investment strategy--an exclusive report. FORTUNE: October 31, 2005 (more)
Microsoft's top geek and his newest tech guru explain why they love--and hate--e-mail, and how they plan to fix it. FORTUNE: June 27, 2005 (more)
Michael Larson, the man who runs Bill Gates' money, runs about $44 billion, some $17 billion of which is Gates' personal fortune. FORTUNE: May 3, 2004 (more)
A cadre of young, scary-smart executives is coming into power at the world's most important tech company. Someday one of them will be boss. Business 2.0: October, 2003 (more)
Why Bill Gates still holds the key to Microsoft's future FORTUNE: July 8, 2002 (more)
In a frank chat with FORTUNE's Brent Schlender, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer talk about their partnership and how it will shape Microsoft in the 21st century. FORTUNE: October 25, 1999 (more)
Like a lot of people, he's got stocks, bonds, and a money manager. But there are differences. For one thing, his personal portfolio is the size of a large mutual fund. FORTUNE: March 15, 1999 (more)
What do you get when you put a billionaire buddy act, Gates and Buffett, in front of 350 students? $84 billion of inspiration. FORTUNE: July 20, 1998 (more)
A newly likeable Bill Gates isn't afraid to admit his company is lagging in some areas, says FORTUNE's Adam Lashinsky. FORTUNE: June 13, 2006 (more)
Brutal competition. A stock going nowhere. Microsoft is in crisis, so Bill Gates has unleashed his new hire, software genius Ray Ozzie, to remake the company - and conquer the Web. FORTUNE: April 18, 2006 (more)
'Willy Gates' and his software empire are trying to shed a stale image and lure coveted content partners. FORTUNE: June 8, 2006 (more)
The software giant's plan to build datacenters the size of 10 Costcos, complete with electrical substations, signals a major shift in the industry's fundamental economics. FORTUNE: May 5, 2006 (more)
Microsoft's new OS chief has to get Redmond to embrace a new model of programming, in which software is constantly being improved instead of updated every 5 years. Business 2.0: March 24, 2006 (more)
Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software--and that's Microsoft's turf. FORTUNE: May 2, 2005 (more)
By spending lots of money--of course--but also by doing lots of creative lobbying you don't know about. FORTUNE: April 29, 2002 (more)
Both sides came out with lawyers blazing as federal antitrust chief Joel Klein's prosecutors went gunning for the Bill Gates gang. Behind the scenes at the Microsoft trial. FORTUNE: November 23, 1998 (more)
Through his Live initiative, Ozzie is getting Redmond's programmers to embrace the Web. Business 2.0: May, 2006 (more)
The software giant is in crisis, so Bill Gates has a new play to remake the company - and his name is Ray Ozzie. FORTUNE: April 19, 2006 (more)
Bill Gates finally recruited software star Ray Ozzie--by buying his whole company, Groove Networks. FORTUNE: April 4, 2005 (more)
Ray Ozzie invented Notes, the software that inspired IBM to pay $3.5 billion for Lotus. His new program is Groove, and it could be an even bigger deal. FORTUNE: February 19, 2001 (more)
Every day, Microsoft's grip on the software universe grows a little tighter. Yet there's one fast-growing market in which this $4-billion-a-year omnivore has been utterly stymied. In groupware, Lotus Development rules. FORTUNE: December 12, 1994 (more)