Bill Gates combats some myths about himself in cute animated video clip

Microsoft co-founder, and newly crowned Technology Advisor, Bill Gates used his annual letter for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fight off myths about poverty. Today, Gates took to YouTube to answer some myths about, well, Bill Gates.

The video, which was posted ahead of his Reddit AMA session, is similar to one that he posted in 2013 in that Gates voices over a cute animated version of himself. The new clip has Gates trying to dispel the notion that he is the world's biggest philanthropist. He insists that he is not, because while he is donating lots of money to good causes, he's also not sacrificing other things like his job, vacations or even trips to the movies.

He states there are people who do without much of what Gates has in their work in order to help others. Gates feels they are bigger philanthropists than he is, even if they don't get as much media attention.

Gates also said he would indeed pick up a $100 bill if he found it on the ground, but then donate that money to his foundation. The final part of the video concerns a myth he brought up in his 2014 letter that sending aid to other countries doesn't work. He points out that sending aid to combat and eradicate smallpox has indeed worked and has saved the lives of two million children a year. The Reddit AMA session is still ongoing as of this writing and you can check it out right now.

Source: Bill Gates on YouTube

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And that's your opinion. But you know what? Your opinion came across as dumb. And you're not the one with a massive bank account and helping people around the world, so who do you think comes off worse here?

Thank you for clarifying that. I was convinced that was somebody else's opinion. Now I know it's mine. People should be aware of that when they are stating an opinion.

I also thank you for the meaningless comparison and the whole deal with "big bank accounts" and "helping people", which has absolutely NOTHING to do with the visual aspect of this video, but you got a plenty of likes for it, so go celebrate.

well at least he doesn't have a rod up his rear like Larry page which refuses to acknowledge anything outside of google+ even exists by not even having a twitter account as he thinks it would somehow validate that google lost social to FB and Twitter.

Why is it? It is a wealthy and influential person addressing questions he has been posed - albeit in a fun and accessible way.

You say fun and I say weird. I would be more interested if it just showed Bill himself talking. I like what he is saying... just not the visual.

Its very hard to hold a grudge against Bill Gates for his past actions. He really has developed into a very humble man, who by all accounts seems like someone who would be great to hang out with...never thought I would say that lol

Part of me kinda hopes he addresses the 640K thing once and for all. I don't need to hear it from him, I already know he's never said anything remotely close to this. I'm just hoping that it'll get those who keep misquoting this to STFU.

And yet you're the one who brings it up, wholly out of context...

Most computer users these days don't even know...

Edited by Nik L, Feb 10 2014, 8:01pm :

_dandy_ said,
Part of me kinda hopes he addresses the 640K thing once and for all. I don't need to hear it from him, I already know he's never said anything remotely close to this. I'm just hoping that it'll get those who keep misquoting this to STFU.

In lieu of Bill Gates calling your personal cell phone to disown the comment, below is a link to his denial where he stated "I never said '640K should be enough for anybody!'" https://groups.google.com/foru...rs/mpjS-h4jpD8/9DW_VQVLzpkJ

Nik L said,
And yet you're the one who brings it up, wholly out of context...

Considering the context is "myths about Bill Gates" and what he said was a myth about Bill Gates, I think declaring it "wholly out of context" is going a bit too far there.

Most computer users these days don't even know...

Most average users maybe, but the number of times I've seen that "quote" in tech websites' comment sections as a kind of "hur Gates iz dum" volley is ridiculous.

macoman said,
Lets drop some $20 bills on front of his house to see him pick up.

lol you dropped it, I'll have popcorn ready. By the way will this be on you tube?

minster11 said,

lol you dropped it, I'll have popcorn ready. By the way will this be on you tube?


Yeah, I will be with my chair and camera ready to see Bill picking up that money.