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January 7, 2008

Bill Gates for Hire

by @ 7:43 am. Filed under Current Events, Technology

For he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good fellow
For he’s a jolly good felllllooooow
That nobody can deny.

This jolly good fellow is none other than Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Last week Gates gave his Swan Song at the high-tech world’s mega-conference in Las Vegas. Four thousand people listened as the riches man in the world told the crowd…”This is my last keynote. This will be the first time since I was 17 that I won’t have my first full time job at Microsoft”. Factiously, I call Gates a “jolly good fellow”. This is a man with a reputation for being a callous, calculating businessman. But at this event, his last tech conference, Gate went out of his way to humanize himself. Here is how… He showed videos of himself looking for a job. Let me quote directly from Forbes.com…

Bill then looks for a job: he tries calling Bono (U2) and asking if he can join the band. Bono turns him down, “We can’t just replace Edge because you’re good at Guitar Hero,” he explains. Jon Stewart painfully listens to Gates request to be a co-anchor, then pretends he’s on his personal jet and the phone connection drops out. More cameos follow, an embarrassment of riches by the richest guy on the planet: He calls George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (who asks him “Who’s this? Bill who? Bill Clinton?).

“Business despot” or “jolly good fellow”, whichever… you can’t deny the impact Gates has had on the world..and rumor has it he doesn’t really need a job.

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