Bill Gates Answers Age-Old Question Of Whether He'd Pick Up $100 Bill On Ground

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Bill Gates Answers Age-Old Question Of Whether He'd Pick Up $100 Bill On Ground

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Bill Gates has answered one of the many burning questions we'd all like to ask him - namely, whether he would pick up a $100 bill from the ground.

The Microsoft co-founder answered the question as part of a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' where he was asked: "If you saw a $100 bill on the ground, would you stop and pick it up?"

Bill Gates has answered the age-old question about whether he would pick up a $100 off the ground. Credit: Alamy
Bill Gates has answered the age-old question about whether he would pick up a $100 off the ground. Credit: Alamy

He replied: "Well, all my thoughts about money were formed at a time when $100 really was a substantial amount of money. You know if it's lying there and it maybe belongs to somebody, you oughta find it for them and return it to them.

"It'd be nice, they're probably fairly distraught about having dropped it. But I would pick it up and give it to the [Bill and Melinda Gates] Foundation because there, $100 actually buys quite a bit."

People seemed to be loving the Q&A, with one person commenting: "Bill seems like such a cool guy."

While another said: "It's interesting if you would try to find the owner of the money. I remember many years ago when the wife and I were buying our weekly groceries and all we had was a $20 bill. When we got to the check stand to pay for the groceries, we had lost the money. Fortunate for us, someone had turned it in so we were able to eat that week."

And a third added: "This is pretty awesome."

Meanwhile a fourth commented: "Awesome guy."

Bill answered whether he would pick up a $100 bill. Credit: Alamy
Bill answered whether he would pick up a $100 bill. Credit: Alamy

In related news, Bill recently opened up about how he and ex-wife Melinda divided their wealth following their divorce.

After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda announced their separation in May last year to widespread surprise. 

The couple’s net worth was estimated to be around $148 billion (£118bn) when they announced their split, and with no prenuptial agreement in place, dividing up their assets could easily have become acrimonious.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Bill said: “We spent some time coming up with a fair settlement that we both signed. But neither of us was facing any real reduction in our consumption.”

In other news, we recently told you how Bill Gates opened up about how he and ex-wife Melinda divided their wealth. Credit: Alamy
In other news, we recently told you how Bill Gates opened up about how he and ex-wife Melinda divided their wealth. Credit: Alamy

Discussions mostly focused on the amount of cash each could keep for their charitable donations.

He continued: “It was more about, OK, I’ll have x billion to give away, you’ll have y billion to give away. It was about the causes.”

When asked if there was anything he insisted on keeping for himself, he simply said: “I have a super-nice house.”

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Topics: News, Bill Gates

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