Rank #1: Melinda Gates on Keeping Women in the Workforce
Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. As head of one of the world's largest philanthropic organizations, she pushes to save lives and speak out on the developing world's toughest challenges. We spoke with Melinda late last month in Seattle, ahead of the release of the foundation's annual letter, and talked about how important it is to improve access to contraception, how to keep more women in science and technology, and the unique relationship she and her husband have with legendary investor Warren Buffett.
Feb 14 2017
Rank #2: HBO’s CEO on Growth, Sexual Harassment, and Life After Game of Thrones
Richard Plepler, a quarter-century veteran of the network, talks to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy about what’s next.
Dec 14 2017
Rank #3: Ginni Rometty on the End of Programming
We recently sat down with Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, Chairman and President, at the Cornell Tech campus on New York's Roosevelt Island as part of Bloomberg's Sooner than You Think conference. Since she took the helm of IBM in 2012, the company has undergone another wholesale reinvention, and faced a series of challenges — from how it prepares its workforce for the jobs of tomorrow, to carving out its future on artificial intelligence and cloud-based computing infrastructure. Ginni comes from a tougher background than many know, and her vision for her company, and her own personal mark, stood out.
Sep 20 2017
Rank #4: Robert Kraft on Sports, Sneakers and His Friendship With Trump
Robert Kraft, founder and CEO of the Kraft Group, was a Patriots fan long before he was the NFL team's owner. He bought his first season tickets in 1971 for what was to him at the time an astronomical sum of $1,000. Twenty-three years later, he bought the team for the again astronomical price of $172 million -- the highest price ever paid for a sports franchise at the time.
Bob Kraft is now worth more than $5 billion, and the Patriots have won five Superbowl championships as one of the most successful sports franchises in recent times.
We sat down with him in New York to talk about how you manage superstar talent, that Deflategate scandal, and his decades-long friendship with President Donald Trump.
May 11 2017