Bill Gates is known all around the world for his multinational corporation, Microsoft, one of the largest computer companies in the world. However, Gates actually spends more of his time working with his philanthropic organization, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, than he does at Microsoft. Apparently, he’s funny too. Gates joked and poked fun at himself on Monday when he hosted an “Ask Me Anything” Session on reddit. Making fun of the participants who were clearly skipping work to be there, he posted this photoshopped Austin Powers Meme.
In this AMA, Bill Gates (who even took a photo with the reddit alien) answered questions about his favorite tablet choices (a Surface), new role at Microsoft, his favorite hobbies, and more:
Question: What is different about Bill Gates age 20 years and today, except for the time?
Gates: 20 years ago I would stay in the office for days at a time and not think twice about it – so I had energy and naiveté on my side. Now hopefully I am a bit more mellow but with a little extra wisdom.
Question: Who is your role model?
Gates: People who devote their lives to working in poor countries are doing amazing work with very little visibility. I have gotten to meet some of them.
Question: Steve Jobs had Ashton Kutcher. Who do you want to portray you in a biopic?
Other Reddit User: Samuel L Jackson.
Gates: Melinda would probably watch that version.
Question: Hey Bill, if you didn’t go into computers and later found Microsoft, what do you think you would be doing?
Gates: 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.
Question: You’re working with TerraPower to bring a large scale source of low carbon energy onto the commercial grid. What, in your opinion, is the biggest impediment to bringing new nuclear technology onto the global market?
Gates: We need low cost energy that is totally reliable. Most renewables will require storage which is expensive to do this. Nuclear will make a contribution if we can make it safer, cheaper and deal with waste better. Terrapower has a design (on paper) that addresses all of these issues so now we are talking to countries about building it. It is a 4th generation reactor design that uses depleted uranium.
In case those questions were too boring, he posted a meme that proves he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He had a great strategy, a combination of serious questions and funny answers, which brought a lot of traffic to his AMA .
To learn more about Bill Gates, check out his entire profile.