Bill Gates

Jim Whitehead
Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:19:33 -0800

According to, BillG's current net
worth is US $30.24 billion.

In 35 years, BillG will live 12783 (or 12784 -- I don't feel like precisely
figuring out the leap years) days.

$30.24 B/12783 = $2.366 million/day, far from the US $678 million quoted.
Even assuming he converts it all into guaranteed rate of return instruments
(a poor assumption), it's hard to see how this could amount to US $678

So, two FoRK demerits, one for being so credulous, and another for not
adding your owns bits to the message (which might have caused you to think
critically about it, and then avoid being so credulous.)

- Jim

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of Pavan
> Kulkarni
> Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 2:48 AM
> To:
> Subject: Bill Gates
> A little something for Bill Gates Lovers!. It was a forwarded
> message, read
> on....
> Bill Gates is 40 this year. If we assume that he
> will live for another 35 years, he has to spend US$678
> Million per day to finish all his money before he
> can go to heaven or hell......
> But,
> If Microsoft Windows' users can claim US$1 for every
> time their computers hang because of Microsoft
> Windows, Bill Gates will be bankrupt in 3 years!
> -Pavan.