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Billionaire Roundup: The World Has Truly Gone Crazy Edition

The billionaires’ world is still a dynamic and shaking place. Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk is expressing his opinions. Some people genuinely think that Bill Gates is behind COVID-19. JK Rowling was apparently tweeting while drinking or something and ignited a literal sh*t show over the weekend. This is the latest edition of the Billionaire Roundup.

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Hello there, partygoers! The billionaires’ world is still a dynamic and shaking place. Unsurprisingly, Elon Musk is expressing his opinions. People who believe in conspiracies genuinely think that Bill Gates is behind COVID-19 and that he has comments about it. Airbnb has restarted discussions of going public in 2020. Whoa, what? In the midst of the pandemic, who is even booking Airbnbs? Over the weekend, JK Rowling supposedly started a genuine sh*t show while tweeting while intoxicated. Through a string of anti-trans tweets, the adored author alienated friends. The Billionaire Roundup’s newest issue is available here.

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Your conspiracy theories are not important to Bill Gates.
And, to be honest, not many people do either. When it comes to the coronavirus, conspiracy theories are rife, and one of the oddest connects Bill Gates to the virus’s creation. Conspiracy theorists assume that the wealthy philanthropist and co-founder of the Giving Pledge is just interested in making money. A survey found that 28% of adults in the U.S believe a debunked conspiracy theory that said Gates planned to use the COVID-19 vaccine to implant microchips in billions of people to monitor their movement. People. Really, twenty-eight percent of you? Do you realize that your smartphone is already keeping an eye on your movements? For what it’s worth, Gates has described this as “bizarre.” He said on a phone call last week to announce The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1.6 billion donation to the global vaccine alliance Gavi:

“It’s practically impossible to refute this information since it is so absurd or bizarre that even repeating it lends it credibility. It’s kind of so absurd that you almost want to find something funny about it, but there’s nothing funny about it. I’ve never worked on anything related to microchips. It is good to know which kids have had a measles vaccine and which have not, so there are data systems and… health records that people use to track that… but there’s no chips or anything like that.”

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Gates added that massive conspiracies might be risky if they prevent sizable populations from receiving the disease’s vaccine.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recently contributed more than $300 million to aid in funding the research of coronavirus therapies and a vaccine, in addition to its investment in Gavi.

Airbnb Reopens IPO Talks for 2020 With almost no current reservations and numerous layoffs
In-house discussions on Airbnb’s 2020 IPO have resumed, which was unthinkable as recently as May. According to reports, no official decision has yet been made, but it should be remembered that software businesses with VC funding that are losing money, like ZoomInfo, have been doing well on the Chinese stock market. Furthermore, investors in IPOs aren’t taking recent performance into account because, let’s face it, almost every industry has suffered over the past three months. The share prices of the tourism and hospitality sectors are indicating a recovery. Airline stock prices are rising despite the fact that fewer people are flying than ever before. According to Airbnb’s CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky, the company received more reservations in the United States between May 17 and June 3, including over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Longer stays also increased, which might be a result of people just choosing to move homes in response to stay-at-home orders.

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She received harsh criticism right away for downplaying the true repercussions of trans people’s experiences from a wide range of people. Many Harry Potter series fans expressed how her point of view has soured their appreciation for her books in online comments. Rowling’s divisive tweets were addressed in-depth by Harry Potter actor Daniel Redcliffe on the website of the Trevor Project on Monday. He said, in part: “Transgender women are women. Any assertion to the contrary strips transgender persons of their identity and dignity and goes against all recommendations made by professional health care associations, who are far more knowledgeable on the subject than Jo and I are.”

In actuality, 78 percent of transgender and nonbinary young people have said that they have experienced discrimination due of their gender identification. Radcliffe continued: “It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”

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