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World’s richest man would still pick up a $100 bill

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Posted February 11, 2014

The world’s wealthiest man Bill Gates would still pick up a $100 bill on the street, but he has no tips about how to get by on less than $100,000 a year.

Oh, and the 58-year-old Microsoft co-founder says he can still leap over a chair, if it is a small one.

Those and other insights came as Gates fielded questions on Monday in an online chat session at social news website Reddit.com.

Along with playful personal perspectives, Gates shared thoughts on philanthropy, government snooping, and his return to a hands-on role at Microsoft to assist newly-appointed chief executive Satya Nadella.

“Satya is taking a fresh view of where Microsoft is – strengths and weaknesses,” Gates said .

“A new person gets to step back and change the focus in some ways. He is off to a great start.”

Gates noted that he doesn’t plan to stay at the office for days at a time as he did in his younger days when he had “energy and naivete” on his side.

He expected to give about a third of his work time to Microsoft, and the remaining two-thirds to the philanthropic foundation he runs with his wife.

He dismissed the notion of being the biggest philanthropist, contending that while he gives a lot of money to charitable causes, aid workers living in difficult conditions sacrifice more than he does.

Read more at: Phys.org

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