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Billionaire, Nerd, Saviour, King

The Hidden Truth About Bill Gates and His Power to Shape Our World

About The Book

Bill Gates is one of the most powerful figures of the past four decades. But the world-famous public image he has so carefully crafted is not the whole truth. In this explosive new book, Anupreeta Das (finance editor of the New York Times) takes you behind the façade.

From his early years, when he was a divisive figure in the burgeoning tech industry, we see the Microsoft cofounder morph into a ruthless capitalist, only to change yet again when he fashioned himself into a global do-gooder. But as Das’s revelatory reporting shows us: billionaires have secrets and philanthropy can have a dark side.

Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with current and former employees of the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, academics, nonprofits and those with insight into the Gates universe, Das delves into Gates’s relationships with Warren Buffett, Jeffrey Epstein, Melinda French Gates and others, to uncover the man behind the persona. In telling Gates’s story, Das also provides a new way to think about how billionaires wield their influence, manipulate their image and pursue philanthropy to achieve their own ends.

Billionaire, Nerd, Saviour, King is a gripping story of wealth, power and reputation; it will open your eyes to the ways in which the world’s richest people hold us in their thrall.

About The Author

Michael Lionstar

Anupreeta Das is the finance editor of The New York Times, overseeing coverage of Wall Street, including banking, investing, markets, insurance, and consumer finance. Previously, Das spent nearly a decade at the Wall Street Journal, where she helped run the paper’s coverage of business and technology, focusing on corporations and the issues affecting them. Das was also a reporter at the Journal. She wrote stories about finance, investing, and Wall Street, including a groundbreaking series she conceived and coauthored about family offices, the private investment firms of the extremely wealthy. She holds degrees from Boston University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Delhi. She is an avid hiker, having hiked across a Himalayan glacier as a teenager and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. She is the author of Billionaire, Nerd, Savior, King.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (August 15, 2024)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398536906

Raves and Reviews

‘With delicious stories and dogged attention to detail, Anupreeta Das delves into the paradox of Bill Gates: a man whose intellectual prowess and vast wealth simultaneously uplift and complicate the fabric of society. A compelling read about one of the most powerful people on the planet’

– Rob Reich, Stanford Professor and author of Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better

‘In tight, elegant prose, Anupreeta Das’ Billionaire, Nerd, Saviour, King shares the fascinating life story of Bill Gates and then uses it to ask and to answer timely and important questions about the roles that the wealthiest Americans play in our increasingly stratified society. It’s the book we need right this minute

– William D. Cohan, founding partner of Puck and bestselling author of House of Cards and Power Failure

‘Anupreeta Das’s fascinating and ambitious Billionaire, Nerd, Saviour, King shows – through the complicated story of a single tycoon – how the power and the perils of enormous wealth shape and distort not only what we expect of our democratic institutions, our tax system, our public health infrastructure; it also examines how all of us are complicit in, but often aware of, the ways in which the wealthy use that wealth and that power to turn greed into generosity and immorality into heroism’

– Jesse Eisinger, author of The Chickenshit Club

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