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Media is not easy to avoid for the publicity shy Bill Gates
Bill Gates, as we all know the co-founder of Microsoft along with Paul Allen is the world’s second richest person, is very well known to be publicity shy. Despite of that nature he could never avoid publicity for the works he has done and the position he holds in the techie world. As he told The Daily Mail journalist Caroline Graham, he has been and still is teased a lot by his kids, as they sing ‘Billionaire” by Bruno Mars and Travie Mc Coy, the lines “I wanna be a billionaire so freakin’ bad. Buy all the things I never had. I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine. Smiling next to Oprah and Queen…” they actually don’t describe him but that is all what Mr. Gates has already achieved.
He has been on the cover of Forbes a lot of times, Oprah Winfrey is a close friend and has been awarded an Honorary Knighthood in 2005. When it comes to publicity, Bill Gates has got it all; there would be hardly a magazine newspaper, TV channel or any source of media he has not been published in or appeared at.
‘The Billionaire song is what my kids tease me with,’ he says. ‘They sing it to me. It’s funny.’
The kids very well know about the fortune he has, but as he states, they won’t get all of this fortune, giving this much won’t do them any good. He says ‘It will be a minuscule portion of my wealth. It will mean they have to find their own way. They will be given an unbelievable education, but they will have to pick a job they like and go to work,’
Bill Gates is too simple in his living for a person who holds that much of fortune; his current personal worth is $56 billion, that too after donating $28 billion to charity. He likes living simple spending time with his family and doesn’t like media attention much.
When going out with his family he likes to go in his minivan, which he drives, and is happy to be able to spend time with them in the simplest way. His family owns a Porsche, he’s had a Lexus too, but keeping it simple and mostly travelling in a normal Mercedes is his way to go.
He retired himself from a full time employment at the Microsoft and is concentrating more on Philanthropy and working for his foundation GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization). When asked about ever returning to Microsoft, he said, “My full time work for the rest of my life is this foundation.”
Bill Gates has never escaped out of the media; there has never been a period of time when he was not in any news or publishing. Even though he likes to stay simple and not like a celebrity, all of us know, in the world of business and technology, he is.