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The great innovations of the present, I believe, are virtually guaranteed to be viewed as trivial and to be viewed as jokes. I think history 50 or 100 years from now will enshrine them in legend."
Marc  Andreessen
Marc Andreessen
Co-Founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
I became interested in how we create a world where we replace faith as a badge of identity with one in which faith encourages us to live with people of different backgrounds."
Tony   Blair
Tony Blair
Former Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
I think women are going to be where they think they are valued, which is an imperative for an organization like us. We want to be a destination for that talent."
Deborah  DeHaas
Deborah DeHaas
Vice Chairman and Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte LLP
The market has found the big wave and it's called central bank liquidity...At some point, it has to give way to something else."
Mohamed  El-Erian
Mohamed El-Erian
CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, PIMCO
The future is all going to be accountability and transparency. There's nowhere to hide. And I believe you're not going to want to hide; you're going to want to wear your badge of transparency with pride."
Walter   Robb
Walter Robb
Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
Ghana is a good example where, even at a very low level of income, they decided to have a great medical system, get the vaccines out to virtually 100 percent of the kids. They get higher coverage than the United States gets."
Bill  Gates
Bill Gates
Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
What are ways that we can provide teachers with the next steps for improving instruction and getting students to mastery?"
Patrice  Pujol
Patrice Pujol
Superintendent, Ascension Parish Schools, Gonzales, Louisiana
[Undocumented immigrants in the U.S.] must have a pathway to citizenship, absolutely. You give them legal status to start with but yes, quickly. I'm a five-year man."
Rupert  Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch
Chairman and CEO, News Corporation
The greatest players in each particular sport, believe it or not, as talented as they are, are always the hardest-working players."
Wayne  Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky
Former Player and Head Coach, NHL; Member, Hockey Hall of Fame
Every great innovation the day before was a wild idea."
Jack  Andraka
Jack Andraka
Student Inventor, Scientist and Cancer Researcher; 2012 Intel Science Fair Grand Prize Winner
At some point, you'll have something in your heart that you can monitor from your iPhone … like, oh I think I'll get my heart to start again."
Kara  Swisher
Kara Swisher
Co-Executive Editor, All Things D
We are selling everything that's not nailed down in our portfolio, and what is nailed down, we are refinancing."
Leon  Black
Leon Black
Chairman and CEO, Apollo Global Management, LLC
The ability to understand each other from the human standpoint is missing in Washington."
Eric  Cantor
Eric Cantor
U.S. Congressman and Majority Leader
[Eric Cantor] has his responsibilities in the House, I have mine in the Senate. We don't get the chance very often to sit down and talk with each other."
Harry  Reid
Harry Reid
U.S. Senator and Majority Leader
[Filmmakers] were not thinking of the worlds they were creating, the fictitious worlds that were bereft of women."
Geena  Davis
Geena Davis
Academy Award-Winning Actor; Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
It is not that you arrive at one point and you are happy. It is a way to do things. To live. To feel. It's not a goal, it's a way of life."
Carlos  Slim
Carlos Slim
President, Carlos Slim Foundation; President, Telmex Foundation
The tragedy we had in Rwanda came with a silver lining in the sense that we, from the total devastation we had, I think everybody had the desire to do better, to be a better person."
H.E. Paul  Kagame
H.E. Paul Kagame
President of the Republic of Rwanda
It is not a fact of nature that the slowdown has happened, it's a cultural decision. We've become risk-averse, regulated to death. We've become incrementalists, and we're really not willing to take the bold steps."
Peter   Thiel
Peter Thiel
Partner, Founders Fund
Everybody [in the Internet industry] is in everybody else's knitting, which makes your friends your enemies."
Barry  Diller
Barry Diller
Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC; Chairman and Senior Executive, Expedia, Inc.
We won on apartheid. We won on civil rights. The Berlin Wall came down in a single day. When we realize our [climate] situation, the laws and policies can change very quickly."
Al  Gore
Al Gore
Former Vice President, United States of America
We are not teaching our own civilization effectively."
Niall  Ferguson
Niall Ferguson
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
We need to remain the mecca that we are for industry and talent and innovation from around the world, but we also will implode as a country if we do not fix our K-12 education system."
Laurene  Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs
Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective
I think my ability to move forward with my life has helped other people living with the disease. But my success has been a blessing and a curse; maybe it's made some people think [HIV] isn't such a big deal.""
Earvin (Magic)  Johnson
Earvin (Magic) Johnson
Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises; NBA Hall of Famer; Co-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers
Big organizations don't necessarily reward out-of-the-box thinking.… We have to incubate new companies within a brand and then say, ‘Go put us out of business.'"
Kenneth  Lerer
Kenneth Lerer
Managing Director, Lerer Ventures; Co-Founder, Huffington Post
Macro-models were very unsuccessful in predicting the recession. So I'm very dubious about taking a macro-model and trying to predict from that what would be the consequences of Fed or other actions."
Gary  Becker
Gary Becker
Nobel Laureate; Professor of Economics and Sociology, University of Chicago
When I was in college, I thought about things that would most affect the future of humanity...and those were the Internet, sustainable energy...and then humanity becoming a multiplanet species."
Elon  Musk
Elon Musk
CEO and CTO, SpaceX; CEO and Product Architect, Tesla Motors
The FDA needs to work in new ways with both industry and with other nations' regulatory authorities so that we can have a system of oversight and protection of the supply chain. What this means for us is...really having a global presence."
Margaret  Hamburg
Margaret Hamburg
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Content is king. And I don't see it getting cheaper; I see it getting more expensive."
Ryan  Kavanaugh
Ryan Kavanaugh
Founder and CEO, Relativity Media
If I were running trading rooms today, which I did for a long time, I wouldn't make a bet on that proposition. I don't have the foggiest notion when [the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates]."
Robert  Rubin
Robert Rubin
Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Money is sloshing around the globe. The same guys that drove the bus off the cliff are driving the bus again; the banks are issuing as fast as they can and selling it off faster."
Barry  Sternlicht
Barry Sternlicht
Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group
We don't need tear gas from the U.S., we need investment and support for NGOs."
Ahmed  Maher
Ahmed Maher
Founder and General Coordinator, Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement
I am deeply concerned about underfunded pension liabilities.… The changes that have been made so far to correct that have been like trying to get rid of an iceberg by shaving off the top and making snow cones."
Alexandra  Lebenthal
Alexandra Lebenthal
President and CEO, Lebenthal & Company
The only way we can ensure bioscience advancement is to ensure that we have people that know how to develop new technologies, and we need to engage those people early."
Bernard  Harris Jr.
Bernard Harris Jr.
Founder and President, Harris Foundation; CEO and Managing Director, Vesalius Ventures, Inc.
Human capital dwarfs all other financial assets."
Lowell  Milken
Lowell Milken
Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)
As people start to see the costs of adaptation, they will start to see there's an enormous cost of not doing anything."
Nathaniel  Keohane
Nathaniel Keohane
Vice President, International Climate Program, Environmental Defense Fund
Hyper-partisanship. It's the No. 1 issue. It's an even bigger issue than jobs."
Bob  Casey
Bob Casey
U.S. Senator
The growth of the middle class around the world is a phenomenal longer-term trend."
John  Calamos Sr.
John Calamos Sr.
CEO and Global Co-Chief Investment Officer, Calamos Investments
Millennials, the next generation, are not going to accept an unfair environment…. They want it to be fair, they want it to be open. They want it to be inclusive. And so that means women, yes, it means everybody."
Molly  Ashby
Molly Ashby
Founder and CEO, Solera Capital
If you look at [leading philanthropic causes], science is nowhere to be seen. And yet, most of what we see around us is a result of a scientific discovery."
Yuri  Milner
Yuri Milner
Founder, DST Global
In the old days, a great legislator was somebody who was a compromiser, who knew how to get things done. Now a great legislator is somebody who knows how to raise a lot of money."
David  Rubenstein
David Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
People ignored the cyclicality of things. They thought trees would grow to the sky. They believed in permanent good times…. Risk aversion is what keeps markets intelligent and sane."
Howard  Marks
Howard Marks
Chairman, Oaktree Capital Management
We've proven we can swing the ax. The question is can we swing the bat and find growth?"
Jim  Moffatt
Jim Moffatt
Chairman and CEO, Deloitte Consulting LLP
 



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