Bill Gates is not your average "Secret Santa"

The annual "Secret Santa" holiday tradition in many workplaces is supposed to allow employees to pick a name out of a hat and then give that person a small gift without telling them beforehand. This week, a Reddit user was the lucky person who got Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates to be her virtual "Secret Santa" this year.

Gates participated in a Reddit AMA chat session earlier this year and apparently enjoyed the experience so much he decided to participate in the website's annual holiday gift exchange. Reddit user "Rachel" posted that she didn't realize that Gates was her "Secret Santa" until she saw a picture of him holding up the gift card in the package she received.

Gates bought a real cow in Rachel's name that will be sent to a family in need as part of the non-profit organization Heifer International. However, she also received a small cow toy directly from Gates, along with the National Geographic travel book "Journeys of a Lifetime." Rachel was clearly very happy and appreciative of Gates' generosity on her behalf although she did write, "ps: Sorry for the apple ipad on my wishlist, that was really awkward."

Source: Reddit via GeekWire | Image via "Rachel"

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Gates gets a LOT of **** he doesn't deserve. I can't think of anyone else living who did more to actually help people with his personal fortune.

how horrible of him, that cow is going to produce methane! I sure hope he's using his carbon credits for this! </s>

Good for him, he's on his way to becoming like Andrew Carnegie building museums and libraries for people

Seriously, people? The point of being a Secret Santa is that it is SECRET!!!! You're not supposed to let people know what you're doing.

techbeck said,
Only a secret until the gift is given. Then, really doesnt matter.

Actually that's not normally the case. Do a quick search--usually it's anonymous.

frett said,
Seriously, people? The point of being a Secret Santa is that it is SECRET!!!! You're not supposed to let people know what you're doing.

So are you going to belittle this generous gift just because it was made public? Besides the recipients obviously I'm sure the organization (Heifer International) would be super happy with the publicity (and hopefully further donations) they have received thanks to this.

Hello,

frett said,
Seriously, people? The point of being a Secret Santa is that it is SECRET!!!! You're not supposed to let people know what you're doing.

After the person recieves the gift, you try to figure it out who it is and if he/she doesnt, the person that gave the gift says it was them. Thank you, hugs and kisses, and all that christmas spirit stuff...

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Wait; Technically didnt someone have to give a gift to Bill Gates then?

Well yeah, but you gotta admit that his gift is probably much higher in value, he didn't need to buy a cow, she just wanted her secret santa to do a donation.... he took it to the next level

Hello,

Farchord said,

Well yeah, but you gotta admit that his gift is probably much higher in value, he didn't need to buy a cow, she just wanted her secret santa to do a donation.... he took it to the next level


Um ok........I just want to know who had to give Bill Gates a gift! That would be intresting.

"Gates bought a real cow in Rachel's name that will be sent to a family in need as part of the non-profit organization Heifer International. "

Brilliant...

techbeck said,
Nice. Always liked Gates. Mainly for the work he has done outside of MS.

Agreed - seems like one of the guys you wouldn't be disappointed to meet.. I reckon he'd be really interesting, and grounded despite his incredible wealth.

He has done some TED talks. He is very interesting and is a very good speaker. I'd imagine that wouldn't change if you met him in person.