5 Things Bill Gates Revealed on Reddit
Bill Gates hosted a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") this afternoon, covering a wide range of topics including his leadership of Microsoft, the activities of his foundation and who his favorite band is (U2, if you were wondering).
While much of the discussion went over old material (Gates at one point defended his and his wife's decision to leave only $10 million to each of their three children), he also revealed a few new insights. Also, the unfiltered nature of a Reddit AMA gave Gates a chance to put both his genius and wit on display to a crowd that consists largely of people just like him: geeks who are passionate about the Internet and technology.
Although he'd never done an AMA before, Gates seemed to "get" the dynamic and how Reddit's commenting system works. His answers were never particularly long, sometimes venturing deep into the comments to respond to an obscure query or observation. He occasionally bordered on talking points when discussing his foundation's work, but answered most questions directly and kept it light when appropriate.
When it was all over, readers walked away knowing the Microsoft co-founder (and current chairman) a little better.