Bill Gates Says Having Billions Is Strange

In the Q&A session following his lecture at the University of Washington on Thursday, Bill Gates told students that when he heard Intel’s founders had become billionaires, he thought, “wow, that must be strange…and it is.” He also added that being super-rich isn’t what it seems.

“Wealth beyond a certain level…really, it’s a responsibility.” One option is to leave everything to your heirs, he said, or else “be smart about giving it away.” The Seattle Times reported that Gates went on to explain “there’s meaningful freedom” in having millions but beyond that “I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.”

He should know. Local legend says that Gates still loves the burgers at a popular drive-in next door to the office building where Microsoft was housed in the early years. And in his session at the UW, Gates referenced another favorite drive-in chain that recently smashed its own sales record (by more than 30 percent) at the grand opening of its sixth location.  Bill knows burgers!

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