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Past articles by Clifton:

What I've learned about success, in business and in government, as the editor of Fortune

Amazon and Apple know how to empower their customers. Can government learn to do the same? → Read More

Want to know about the future of the pandemic? Join us at Brainstorm Health 2021

Fortune's virtual Brainstorm Health 2021 will feature CEOs and executives on the frontlines of fighting the COVID pandemic. → Read More

‘Even when it’s painful, tell the truth’: It’s high time for business to meet higher ethical standards

How a company behaves in the world is now as important as what it sells or produces. → Read More

Why we asked Bill Gates to be Fortune’s guest editor today

Bill Gates’ new book is the closest thing I’ve seen to a how-to guide for addressing the climate crisis—and Fortune is spending a day getting out that message. → Read More

Bill Gates on why the ‘miracles’ of solar and wind energy won’t save us from climate change—and the breakthroughs that just might

A conversation with the Microsoft cofounder and famed philanthropist about the genius of cement, the thrill of the Impossible Whopper, and the book it took him 10 years to write. → Read More

Inside the ambitious venture Bill Gates built to beat climate change

The billionaire philanthropist’s Breakthrough Energy hopes to nurture innovation at every step of the process—from basic science to selling at scale. → Read More

In an important new book, Bill Gates offers a real-world plan for avoiding a ‘climate disaster’

The billionaire philanthropist lays out several concrete steps for bringing greenhouse gas emissions to zero. → Read More

Why great journalism is worth the time

The slow-but-steady act of feature-writing creates the deep, compelling stories at the heart of Fortune’s mission. → Read More

Pfizer's CEO thinks a vaccine-resistant COVID variant is 'likely'—but that's not as scary as it sounds

Albert Bourla talks about responding to mutant strains, managing the vaccine rollout, and getting stuck in the middle of the political crossfire. → Read More

The most vocal group condemning the violence at the Capitol just might be CEOs

The business community has made no secret of its frustration with President Trump’s baseless (and endless) challenges to the November election. Today’s assault on the U.S. Capitol was the last straw. → Read More

Biden: ‘This is not dissent; this is disorder.’

The President-elect reminded his fellow citizens and those watching the unfolding violence around the world that the lawless extremists attacking the Capitol “do not represent the true America, do not represent who we are.” → Read More

20 Things That Went Strangely, Wonderfully Right in 2020

As billions around the world get ready to flush the past year down the drain of history, here's a brief reminder of 2020’s happy highlights. → Read More

Why Mastercard isn't a credit card company, according to its outgoing CEO Ajay Banga

Banga reflects on his decade-plus run at Mastercard, and predicts what comes next for the payments giant. → Read More

The corporate world needs to do better on diversity—and so does

We’re collaborating with Refinitiv to help companies measure their performance on inclusion, so we all can hold ourselves accountable. → Read More

These women are changing business for the better—and Fortune's coverage is changing, too

In the November issue, we look at how Fortune's Most Powerful Women are shaping the wider world. → Read More

Are we better off than we were four years ago?

The decision voters are facing shouldn’t hinge on personal pocketbook issues—but rather on how the country as a whole has changed since the last election. → Read More

Donald Trump's biggest debate sin: He was boring

After three and a half years of repeated use, the President’s rhetoric has gotten stale. The debate made that abundantly clear. → Read More

What voters need from the 2020 election: Common ground

Fortune is opening a serious and respectful discussion about what business—and those who drive it—need over the next four years from the President and Congress. → Read More

More worrisome than Trump's taxes? His lousy record in business

The President’s $750 income tax payment may be shocking. The fact that his businesses routinely lose money isn’t—as two classic Fortune profiles revealed a generation ago. → Read More

We need a million more volunteers for COVID vaccine and drug trials. Can Harrison Ford convince you to sign up?

An NIH registry is looking for a huge and diverse pool of Americans to agree to help test a slew of COVID vaccines, antiviral therapies, and other medicines. It’s hoping a rousing new public service advertisement will help. → Read More