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== Error in net worth==article do others generally have conflict with and need more supporting evidence? Is all the vandalism because of Preceding [[Wikipedia:Signatures|unsigned]] comment added by [[Special:Contributions/24.18.180.26|24.18.180.26]] ([[User talk:24.18.180.26|talk]]) 05:04, 3 September 2009 (UTC)</span><!-- Template:UnsignedIP --> <!--Autosigned by SineBot-->
 
 
==SAT-IQ Equivalency?==
 
There is no peer-reviewed, APA-validated correlation between IQ and SAT scores. Furthermore, the citation provided in the article directs to a private site that discounts its own conclusions and has no professional affiliations (in fact, for reasons I specify at [[Talk:Ronald_K._Hoeflin]], intelligence assessments by unlicensed people are, at best, invalid). Removing reference. [[User:BordenRhodes|BordenRhodes]] ([[User talk:BordenRhodes|talk]]) 10:11, 6 March 2010 (UTC)
 
 
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during early childhood. We would all agree, however, that any such
 
high score on a SAT He Got 300% test reflects great achievement earned through hard work and study,
 
the behavioral key to success more than any innate factor.[[User:Tom Cod|Tom 18:45, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:Are you suggesting a change to the article? That is what this page is for; not a discussion of Gates' intelligence. (Also, please don't remove other comments on the page; the one you displaced is probably not important, but in general you should edit below the existing sections.) <small><span style="padding:2px;border:1px solid #000000">[[User:Frank|<span style="color:cyan;background:blue">&nbsp;Frank&nbsp;</span>]]&nbsp;{{!}}&nbsp;[[user_talk:Frank|<span style="color:blue;background:cyan">&nbsp;talk&nbsp;</span>]]</span></small> 18:56, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:: I think his suggestion is clear. It is silly to translate SAT scores to IQ scores in a Wikipedia article. The only source given is from a High-IQ society's 1998 annual report, which states that a correlation was reported in a book ("The g Factor"). It's not obvious to me that the citation supports the claim that a 1590 score "translates" to an IQ of 170, and the report includes caveats regarding the correlation.
 
:: It seems to me that the reference to IQ needs some work. The fact that the IQ of 170 was reported in the press justifies the reference in the article, I think, but the claim that "an SAT score of 1590 was equivalent to an IQ of about 170" is surely much too strong, no? I'll defer to someone who's statistics background is stronger than mine (this would include most anyone). [[User:Phiwum|Phiwum]] ([[User talk:Phiwum|talk]]) 21:05, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:::Well, we do need to stick with what [[WP:CITE|citations]] from [[WP:RS|reliable sources]] say. <small><span style="padding:2px;border:1px solid #000000">[[User:Frank|<span style="color:cyan;background:blue">&nbsp;Frank&nbsp;</span>]]&nbsp;{{!}}&nbsp;[[user_talk:Frank|<span style="color:blue;background:cyan">&nbsp;talk&nbsp;</span>]]</span></small> 21:35, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:::: Right, but I'll defer to others to re-write the claim so that it is accurate. Any takers? [[User:Phiwum|Phiwum]] ([[User talk:Phiwum|talk]]) 21:56, 8 January 2009 (UTC)
 
:::The source for the 1590 = about 170 is a chart published in the reference that converts many different test scores to IQ equivalents. It's not in the SAT section. [[User:Slackergeneration|Slackergeneration]] ([[User talk:Slackergeneration|talk]]) 03:09, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
 
 
Bill Gates' IQ is 165, not 170. According to this source, which is from a 'safe source.' http://hem.bredband.net/b153434/Q&A/Q&A.htm - Brady 14:15, 23 February 2009
 
:That's not a reliable source. That's just a wild guess on someone's part. There's no data to back it up. [[User:Slackergeneration|Slackergeneration]] ([[User talk:Slackergeneration|talk]]) 02:51, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
 
 
I deleted the sentence. I've done academic work in the area of standardized testing score validity, and correlating IQ to SAT is just silly. For those who consider test scores important, the point is made simply by stating his SAT score.
 
[[User:Decafdyke|Decafdyke]] ([[User talk:Decafdyke|talk]]) 02:17, 24 February 2009 (UTC)
 
:It's not silly at all. The old version of the SAT measured vocabulary, reading comprehension, math aptitude, and other fundamental skills that are highly correlated with intelligence. In fact SAT scores correlate as well with IQ scores as different IQ scores correlate with one another. [[User:Slackergeneration|Slackergeneration]] ([[User talk:Slackergeneration|talk]]) 02:51, 25 February 2009 (UTC)
 
 
We can't be sure it's a reliable source, but the person who wrote the webpage clearly knows a LOT about IQ. When he says "safe source" we can't just assume it's an arbitrary number pulled out of nowhere. 1592 could mean that Bill got lucky on a few questions, his IQ range is probably between 160 and 170. At the 1550+ range, the SAT, we can say that a person's IQ is around 160 or higher - but due to ceiling effects, a 1590 doesn't necessarily imply 170. 170 is an extremely rare score. It means that you are smarter than pretty much everybody in the world...Bill Gates is a smart man, but he's publicly stated that he met people at Harvard who were smarter than him in his autobiographies. A 170 IQ pretty much lowers you're going to be THE smartest guy no matter what...trust me. Every IQ test (including the SAT, which I agree is essentially an IQ test) has a ceiling, and Bill's score is too close to the top to extrapolate the general trend and conclusively state his IQ is 170. <span style="font-size: smaller;" class="autosigned">—Preceding [[Wikipedia:Signatures|unsigned]] comment added by [[Special:Contributions/69.235.201.66|69.235.201.66]] ([[User talk:69.235.201.66|talk]]) 22:13, 27 February 2009 (UTC)</span><!-- Template:UnsignedIP --> <!--Autosigned by SineBot-->
 
 
That is bogus. The links that purport to state his SAT are broken, the correlation discussion comes from a pseudo-scientific paper from an organization of outstanding test takers, and even if the links weren't broken I would be willing to bet that the stories are based on some apocryphal tale. This is the same for the IQ estimates of "great" thinkers of the past. Just because a person does something great doesn't mean they have some ridiculously high 170/180 IQ. You see this all the time with successful people. They try to redact their personal history so that it "makes sense" why they are on top. The only thing this proves is that the people who believe in these "stories" are in fact morons.[[Special:Contributions/99.33.94.134|99.33.94.134]] ([[User talk:99.33.94.134|talk]]) 08:34, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
 
 
== Honorary knighthood, "sir", and other irrelevant trappings of British aristocracy ==
 
 
I think the case should be made here why it is relevant to attach the initials [[KBE]] to Gates's name in the first sentence. Please explain here how this is notable for the current article. It doesn't seem like any other Gates biographies (including the official one) even mention his honorary knighthood. So for our article to emphasize it in the first sentence would seem to assign [[WP:UNDUE]] weight to it. Of course, the article rightly mentions the award later on. [[User:Silly rabbit|<font color="#c00000">siℓℓy rabbit</font>]] ([[User talk:Silly rabbit|<span style="color:#FF823D;font-family:Monotype Corsiva;cursor:help"><font color="#c00000">talk</font></span>]]) 05:27, 19 January 2009 (UTC), [[BPhil]], [[PhD]], [[FRS]], [[KFC]]
 
 
:Also, in [[MOS:BIO]], one finds the following style guideline regarding post-nominal letters:
 
::"Post-nominal letters should be included when they are issued by a country or organization with which the subject has been closely associated. Honors issued by other entities may be mentioned in the article, but generally should be omitted from the lead."
 
:Since, as indicated above, Gates seems not to have a particularly close association with Great Britain, inclusion of the initials seems improper. [[User:Silly rabbit|<font color="#c00000">siℓℓy rabbit</font>]] ([[User talk:Silly rabbit|<span style="color:#FF823D;font-family:Monotype Corsiva;cursor:help"><font color="#c00000">talk</font></span>]]) 15:04, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
 
 
::Look back to Archive 5 for a full discussion on this. [[User:David T Tokyo|David T Tokyo]] ([[User talk:David T Tokyo|talk]]) 19:02, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
 
 
:::The MoS link provided in the archive is better than the one I gave above. Thanks, [[User:Silly rabbit|<font color="#c00000">siℓℓy rabbit</font>]] ([[User talk:Silly rabbit|<span style="color:#FF823D;font-family:Monotype Corsiva;cursor:help"><font color="#c00000">talk</font></span>]]) 03:55, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
 
   
   
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== Inclusion on [[Wikipedia:Most vandalized pages]] ==
 
== Inclusion on [[Wikipedia:Most vandalized pages]] ==
   
Hi, I help maintain the above page, on which [[Bill Gates]] is currently included. I've reviewed the history log of the article and it seems that there has not been significant vandalism in the past month, so I'm taking the article off the list. If vandalism becomes a problem again, please do not hesitate to put it back on the list. [[User:Hadrian89|Hadrian89]] ([[User talk:Hadrian89|talk]]) 20:55, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
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Hi, I help maintain the above page, on which [[Bill Gates]] is currently included. I've reviewed the history log of the article and it seems that there has not been significant vandalism in the past month, . [[User:Hadrian89|Hadrian89]] ([[User talk:Hadrian89|talk]]) 20:55, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
   
 
== Jennifer Katharine ==
 
== Jennifer Katharine ==
   
Alert: There is a hoax going around the internet that show exclusive pictures of Jennifer Katharine (Bill's eldest daughter). These pictures are actually of actress [[Rachael Leigh Cook]], who was born in 1979 as oppose to Jennifer who was born in 1996. Expect to see edits and vandalism added to this article related to this hoax. [[User:Clerks|Clerks.]] ([[User talk:Clerks|talk]]) 15:07, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
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Alert: There is a hoax going around the internet that show exclusive pictures of Jennifer Katharine (Bill's eldest daughter). These . [[User:Clerks|Clerks.]] ([[User talk:Clerks|talk]]) 15:07, 6 talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Matt199407|contribs]]) 22:06, 4 March 2009 (UTC)</span></small><!-- Template:Unsigned --> <!--Autosigned by SineBot-->
 
== Spouses ==
 
 
Melina Gates (1964 - Present) <small><span class="autosigned">—Preceding [[Wikipedia:Signatures|unsigned]] comment added by [[User:Matt199407|Matt199407]] ([[User talk:Matt199407|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Matt199407|contribs]]) 22:06, 4 March 2009 (UTC)</span></small><!-- Template:Unsigned --> <!--Autosigned by SineBot-->
 
   
 
== Picture ==
 
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:::::I wasn't trying to embarrass or humiliate anyone. Gates had a sense of humor to use that photo in the ad. I appreacite humor like that. [[User:Grundle2600|Grundle2600]] ([[User talk:Grundle2600|talk]]) 19:32, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
 
:::::I wasn't trying to embarrass or humiliate anyone. Gates had a sense of humor to use that photo in the ad. I appreacite humor like that. [[User:Grundle2600|Grundle2600]] ([[User talk:Grundle2600|talk]]) 19:32, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
   
:::::And for the record, I'm a libertarian, and I think Bill Gates is a hero of entrepreneurship, capitalism, wealth creation, job creation, and private charity. I think it's ridiculous that the government has accused him of anti-trust, when people are perfecty free to use alternatives like Apple, Linux, Unix, etc. It's also ridicluous that the government thinks it's wrong that he gives his web browser away for free, when all the other companies that give their web browsers away for free, such as Firefox, don't get criticized for it. I don't have anything against Bill Gates at all. I think he's a great guy, and I wish there were thousands more entrepreneurs who were like him. I put the mugshot there as a joke, and nothing more. There was no ill will intended. [[User:Grundle2600|Grundle2600]] ([[User talk:Grundle2600|talk]]) 11:15, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
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:::::And for the record, I'm a libertarian, and I think Bill Gates is a hero of entrepreneurship, capitalism, wealth creation, job creation, and private charity. I think it's ridiculous that the government has accused him of anti-trust, when people are perfecty free to use alternatives style="color:#002BB8;">lucasbfr</span>]] <sup>[[User talk:Lucasbfr|<span style="color:#66BB00;">talk</span>]]</sup> 14:20, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
::::::{{tlx|uw-joke|Bill Gates}} :) -- [[User:Lucasbfr|<span style="color:#002BB8;">lucasbfr</span>]] <sup>[[User talk:Lucasbfr|<span style="color:#66BB00;">talk</span>]]</sup> 14:20, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
 
   
 
whoever wrote this comment is gey lol.
 
whoever wrote this comment is gey lol.
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[[User:Larogoth|Larogoth]] ([[User talk:Larogoth|talk]]) 18:21, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
 
[[User:Larogoth|Larogoth]] ([[User talk:Larogoth|talk]]) 18:21, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
:It has been removed. Thanks! -- [[User:Lucasbfr|<span style="color:#002BB8;">lucasbfr</span>]] <sup>[[User talk:Lucasbfr|<span style="color:#FF3300;">talk</span>]]</sup> 07:28, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
 
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== Microsoft keeping copyright on DOS ==
 
== Microsoft keeping copyright on DOS ==

Revision as of 21:37, 8 March 2010

==19:02, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

The MoS link provided in the archive is better than the one I gave above. Thanks, siℓℓy rabbit (talk) 03:55, 20 (UTC)


Because Gates is not a British citizen, he does not receive the title "Sir" in front of his name for being a knight, but it is necessary to have the initials KBE behind his name to make that note. This is not a title, it is just to show the recognition of the honorable award he recieved. -(Tarheelz123) 12:45, 21 January 2009

See the discussion in /Archive 5, and the style guide. Specifically, "Post-nominals should not be used for non-Commonwealth or former British Empire citizens, as their use outside a Commonwealth context are rare." siℓℓy rabbit (talk) 22:54, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Inclusion on Wikipedia:Most vandalized pages

Hi, I help maintain the above page, on which Bill Gates is currently included. I've reviewed the history log of the article and it seems that there has not been significant vandalism in the past month, . Hadrian89 (talk) 20:55, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Jennifer Katharine

Alert: There is a hoax going around the internet that show exclusive pictures of Jennifer Katharine (Bill's eldest daughter). These . Clerks. (talk) 15:07, 6 talk]] • contribs) 22:06, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Picture

why is the main picture of gates a mugshot from his teens? that seems inappropriate to me. how about a normal recent photograph like we have for everyone else (when available)? Roadnottaken (talk) 23:48, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Bill Gates uses the exact same picture on his identication card in this TV commercial. Grundle2600 (talk) 03:16, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
I agree with Roadnottaken. Not only is that just an advertisement, but it's only a joke ID card within that ad. It really should be changed, there must be plently of free images of Bill Gates available. DonutGuy (talk) 21:55, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
It got me confused. I think we should keep it simple. Or put it in the middle of the article. Khullah (talk) 04:43, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Grundle2600, what the heck? Don't fool around in articles, especially in biographies. The next user that uses the mugshot on the infobox gets very long holidays from the website. Seriously, that particular biography is sensitive enough without having to deal with that mugshot. -- lucasbfr talk 07:27, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Why would you threaten to suspend me? Wikipedia is supposed to be about free speech. Also, Wikipedia:Be bold says, "The Wikipedia community encourages users to be bold when updating pages." Why does every article have to have a bland, generic picture in the main info box? What's wrong with having some diversity in the types of pictures that are used? Why would you threaten to suspend me for posting a public domain picture? What about free speech? Grundle2600 (talk) 10:58, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Wikipedia is about Free content, not free speech. Wikipedia's aim is to be neutral and balanced, and that is most important in biographies. Using a mugshot on someone's bio when the article is not around him being a criminal is not neutral, and ultimately is not responsible: this article is seen by 12 000 people per day, that means that 6000 people were served a biased picture instead of the correct one. I'm sorry but that is not acceptable, especially when Wikipedia is under intense scrutiny from the media due to its biographical content. -- lucasbfr talk 14:07, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
Grundle2600 - shame on you for invoking something as noble as freedom of speech in your reply. Your intentions here are plain to see - you'd like to embarrass or belittle Bill Gates by showing a mugshot, rather than a regular picture. It's got nothing to do with free speech. David T Tokyo (talk) 14:29, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
I wasn't trying to embarrass or humiliate anyone. Gates had a sense of humor to use that photo in the ad. I appreacite humor like that. Grundle2600 (talk) 19:32, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
And for the record, I'm a libertarian, and I think Bill Gates is a hero of entrepreneurship, capitalism, wealth creation, job creation, and private charity. I think it's ridiculous that the government has accused him of anti-trust, when people are perfecty free to use alternatives style="color:#002BB8;">lucasbfr]] talk 14:20, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

whoever wrote this comment is gey lol.

Unnecessary image links

{{editsemiprotected}} On Bill Gates' wiki entry there are unnecessary links that read: "http:// i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn128/girltickling/sally_black_large.jpg" and lead to some girl in a black suit. Please remove these image links.

Larogoth (talk) 18:21, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

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Microsoft keeping copyright on DOS

"Gates insisted that IBM let Microsoft keep the copyright on the operating system, because he believed that other hardware vendors would clone IBM's system"

While it was very prescient of Bill Gates keeping copyright on DOS, he could hardly have foreseen the cloning of the IBM PC. That Columbia Data Products and Compaq managed to clean room a version owes more to an accident of history. Unless someone can actually come up with a verifiable historical quote from Bill Gates. emacsuser (talk) 14:57, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

Gates had all the necessary information to reach that conclusion.

  • There had already been one wave of cloning in the personal computer industry: The Altair "S-100" design had been cloned by IMSAI, North Star and other companies.
  • Histories of the IBM PC are clear that the decision to outsource the components was made early on, in order to meet cost and time to market requirements. I think Fire in the Valley goes into this. The only proprietary aspects of the hardware were the circuitboard and the BIOS, and the BIOS was based on those that were used to make Altair clones run CP/M.
  • IBM, in particular, was routinely cloned. Gates mentions this here in discussing the licensing of DOS, and T. J. Watson Jr. mentions it in his memoir when discussing US v. IBM.
  • When Microsoft committed to deliver DOS for the PC, it made an agreement with Seattle Computer Products to be the exclusive outside distributor for DOS. At that point SCP still owned the system. So when Microsoft promised to deliver DOS, it didn't even have the authority to transfer the copyright. Only later, just before the PC shipped, did Microsoft actually buy the system for itself.

The cloning of the IBM PC was no "accident" but something that engineers and companies purposely set out to do, as they had with the Altair and several earlier IBM systems. It was a rather easy prediction for someone in Gates's position to make.

If the sentence in the article is inaccurate, it is inaccurate about Gates "insisting," and not about whether Gates expected the PC to be cloned. WillOakland (talk) 01:59, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

Altair

The emulator they made ran on a mainframe, not a microcomputer. It just made the hefty mainframe run like the Altair. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.112.134.158 (talk) 02:46, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

The emulator did not run on a mainframe or a microcomputer. It ran on a minicomputer, as the article says. WillOakland (talk) 06:11, 16 April 2009 (UTC)


Altair BASIC was developed on a PDP-10 mainframe. File:Altair Basic Sign.jpg First at Harvard's Aiken Computer Center, then MITS rented time from the Albuquerque school district.

  • Ceruzzi, Paul E. (2003). A History of Modern Computing. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-53203-4. 
Page 208. About the PDP-10: "It was large–even DEC's own literature called it a mainframe. It had a 36-bit word length. A full system cost around a half million dollars and took up a room on it own."
Page 235. "When he was writing BASIC for the Altair, Gates was at Harvard. He did not have access to an 8080-based system, but he did have access to a PDP-10 at Harvard's computing center (named after Howard Aiken)."
  • Wallace, James (1992). Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-471-56886-4.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
Page 81: "Gates returned to the Aiken Computer Center, while Allen went back to work at Honeywell. But Gates soon faced a problem that could not be solved with his programming wizardry. Harvard officials had found out that he and Allen had been making extensive use of the university's PDP-10 to develop a commercial product. The officials were not pleased."
  • Mames, Stephen (1994). Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America. New York: Touchstone, Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-88074-8.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
Page 83: "MITS would supply the computer time necessary for development–the computer time the Paul had worked out with the Albuquerque schools."
Page 88: "A DECwriter printing terminal was installed right there in the living room and linked by phone to the Albuquerque school district's PDP-10."

-- SWTPC6800 (talk) 03:54, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

philantropy

there is a bit of mention of philanthropy here

is it still philanthropy if one is only nice to some charities, and deforming to others? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Stevecam (talkcontribs) 13:43, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

Yes, especially if he is widely regard as a philanthropist. It's not our job to editorialize about his effectiveness. If there's actually a controversy, there should be section that covers it. The introduction isn't the place to bring it up. AldaronT/C 13:50, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
Donating to some organizations and not others makes him different from other philanthropists, how? WillOakland (talk) 07:24, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
What's the controversy? That he can't donate to every charitable cause? David T Tokyo (talk) 10:33, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Correction

Need to correct improper English:

Current: His 66,000 sq feet compound has a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system, 2500 sq feet gym and a 1000 sq feet dining room.

Corrected: His 66,000 sq ft compound has a 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system, 2500 sq ft gym and a 1000 sq ft dining room. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Franclt (talkcontribs) 20:38, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

bill website

www.msn.com bill gates site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kolliparaemb (talkcontribs) 03:59, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

No. WillOakland (talk) 09:26, 24 May 2009 (UTC)

What is his nationality?

Is he jewish? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 95.53.145.190 (talk) 09:38, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

"Jewish" is not a nationality, it's a religion. Besides, is that important? Growing up with Scottish parentage would generally make one think Presbyterian. (talk→ BWilkins ←track) 14:09, 6 June 2009 (UTC)
BWilkins you are my hero for knowing that Jewish is a religion not a race, too many people make that mistake --Gold Man60 Talk 00:56, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Note 23 incorrect

It incorrectly attributes Gates to saying that, but read the reference, it's the reporter that said that and Gates just agreed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bgates456 (talkcontribs) 04:56, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

You're right, so I removed the sentence. Without Gates making that claim, there's no real motivation for mentioning that he took the course. WillOakland (talk) 06:51, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Wording

"He is ranked consistently one of the world's wealthiest people..." That sounds incredibly awkward to me. Wouldn't "consistently ranked" be clearer English? 86.174.124.26 (talk) 12:16, 16 June 2009 (UTC)


Changed! Now reads "is consistently ranked among the..."Mod mmg (talk) —Preceding [[ 2 --> EDIT: Why must SineBot do this!

Mac>Dell

He also eats turds for breafast —Preceding unsigned comment added by Coolguy7077 (talkcontribs) 15:42, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

This article needs to be fixed seriously

First the article basically worships him. It says his IQ is 170(without proof of any sort), it uses biased language(esp. of his tactics), and it sounds like he wrote himself. YVNP (talk) 08:39, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

The 170 IQ figure is quite specifically justified from sources. Many users have come along before you vaguely claiming that the article is "too favorable," and they have rarely given specifics. Do you have any? Keep in mind that this article is about Gates as a person, not about Microsoft as a company. WillOakland (talk) 08:15, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

Education

The article mentions that he entered Harvard but doesn't say that he left before finishing a degree. I think it's important to include that point. Excluding it leaves the impression that he graduated from Harvard. He has done great things in his life, but that's not one of them. I suggest that the last sentence in the Early Life section be changed to something like: "His parents supported his decision to leave Harvard before completing a degree after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company" —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.25.173.50 (talk) 02:17, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

Updated. WillOakland (talk) 21:01, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Note for discussion: Didn't Bill return to Harvard to regraduate shortly before leaving Microsoft as it was mentioned in an exclusive documentary about Bill Gates.

KBE

Most people of Category:Honorary Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire have "KBE" right after their names. Why don't add it here as well? Netrat (talk) 23:09, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

See the section titled 'Honorary knighthood, "sir", and other irrelevant trappings of British aristocracy' near the top of this page for an explanation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.60.139.89 (talk) 07:18, 12 September 2009 (UTC)
It's in the other articles because the other articles are wrong. WillOakland (talk) 18:33, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

Add "declared at the TED Conference that his top priority was achieving Zero emission." (350.org) ?

Add Bill Gates declared at the TED Conference that his top priority was achieving zero global emissions. (350.org) 350.org ? 99.24.249.64 (talk) 03:53, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

Why is this relevant? It certainly wasn't revelvant where you added it at 350.org. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 14:28, 22 February 2010 (UTC)