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Monday, May 08, 2006

I don't want to be world's richest man

In news that will either gladden or enrage non-billionaires everywhere, Bill Gates has revealed that he would rather not be the world's richest man. "I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that," the co-founder of Microsoft told a conference of online advertising executives in Redmond, Washington, where the software company has its headquarters. "You get more visibility as a result of it."

Because of the scale of his wealth, it has been said that it would not be worth his while to bend down to pick up $10,000 lying in the street, though the claim does not stand up to much mathematical scrutiny. He appeared to be objecting to being number one on the list, rather than being well-off.

Oliver Burkeman in New York
Friday May 5, 2006
The Guardian


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