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Bill Gates Just Revealed His “Most Expensive Guilty Pleasure” on Reddit

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Bill Gates just finished hosting an AMA on Reddit. We got to read a few fun facts about him, including his guilty pleasure and what he would’ve done if he didn’t start Microsoft. He also offers some sound advice for young people looking to be successful in the future.

Here are some highlights, all questions and answers are unedited.

Any advice on how entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow should go about balancing business and philanthropy… or do they have to succeed first in order to give later? (asked by dgeek)

“Just creating an innovative company is a huge contribution to the world. During my 20′s and 30′s that was all I focused on. Ideally people can start to mix in some philanthropy like Mark Zuckerberg has early in his career. I have enjoyed talking to some of the Valley entrepreneurs about this and I am impressed and how early they are thinking about giving back – much earlier than I did.”

What is your most expensive guilty pleasure purchase? (asked by Danjorgo)

“Owning a plane is a guilty pleasure. Warren Buffett called his the Indefensible. I do get to a lot of places for Foundation work I wouldn’t be able to go to without it.”

I’d just like to know, what is something you enjoy doing that you think no one would expect from you? (asked by briannnf)

“Playing Bridge is a pretty old fashioned thing in a way that I really like. I was watching my daughter ride horses this weekend and that is also a bit old fashioned but fun. I do the dishes every night – other people volunteer but I like the way I do it.”

Hey Bill, if you didn’t go into computers and later found Microsoft, what do you think you would be doing? (asked by KushtyKush)

“I considered law and math. My Dad was a lawyer. I think though I would have ended up in physics if I didn’t end up in computer science.”

I’m actually an intern at Microsoft right now. How will your time be divided up between the foundation and Microsoft now that the CEO has asked you to step up. Also, could you host a talk for the interns. We’d love to hear about your work at the foundation and your thoughts on the future of tech. (asked by novaape)

“My time will be about 2/3 Foundation and 1/3 Microsoft. I will focus on product work mostly.”

What are your thoughts about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? (asked by shiruken)

“The foundation is involved in digital money but unlike Bitcoin it would not be anonymous digital money. In Kenya M-pesa is being used for almost half of all transactions. Digital money has low transaction costs which is great for the poor because they need to do financial transactions with small amounts of money. Over the next 5 years I think digital money will catch on in India and parts of Africa and help the poorest a lot.”(http://www.impatientoptimists.org/posts/2011/01/mobile-phones-savings-a-powerful-pair)

What is your favorite project you have ever worked on at Microsoft? (asked by pcs199)

“The Windows project which required a lot of patience was great. Office was also great. Together they defined the big success of the 1990s for Microsoft. Office connected to the cloud has a LOT of potential and we are off to a good start. Cloud Storage needs to be a lot richer though.”

What is your best personal financial advice for people who make under $100,000 per year? (asked by anonymouslives)

“Invest in your education.”

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