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July 21, 2008 3:03 PM
Posted by Brier Dudley
Now that he's semi-retired from Microsoft, Bill Gates is getting into the car business.
Gates bought a big stake in AutoNation, a national chain of dealers selling new and used cars, with a substantial Web presence. His investment outfit, Cascade Investment, today reported that it has acquired 9.9 million shares, or 5.5 percent of the company.
It's still pocket change for him -- about $83 million, at today's price.
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Gadgets and games | Fun stuff I've written about lately includes Apple's iPhone, Hewlett-Packard's HDX laptop and Microsoft's Halo3. Also on the radar are new digital video boxes such as the Tivo HD and the Vudu.