The Beat Generation icon was a magnet for artists, musicians and wannabe hipsters. In a 1985 interview, the author credited his most groundbreaking work to the fallout from his wife's accidental death at his own hands, saying, "It was an event that ... made me into a writer." Burroughs died in 1997.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had a coming-out party of sorts over the weekend. At 25, he belongs to the next generation of Bhuttos, the family that has dominated the country's politics for decades. And in an interview, he says he does not fear the turbulent politics that claimed the life of his mother and grandfather.
In recent years, the Microsoft co-founder has pulled back from his work at the company to focus on his foundation — improving global health and reducing poverty. But his hands-on days at Microsoft are not over. Gates is stepping down as chairman but moving into a part-time role as technology adviser.