Bill Gates, Philanthropist

By on November 23, 2003

Report: Bill Gates tops list of charitable givers: Love him or hate him, this is a very good thing.

Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are the most generous charitable donors in America, Business Week magazine said on Thursday, as the couple gave away or pledged a staggering $23 billion.

Update on April 15, 2004: Look, I think it’s time we tried to put this train wreck to bed. We got a link from Boing Boing yesterday, and things have just gone nuts since then. Let me say, once and for all, BILL GATES WILL NOT READ THIS. Do not post requests for money or loans here. Bill Gates has nothing to do with this site, and there’s no way he’s ever going to read your story here.

Update on April 28, 2004: Comments have been closed.

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  1. Dave says:

    Sure, that's a lot of money, and it's great that he's willing to spread the wealth around a bit, but what part of the whole of his worth is that $23B?

    Mark 12:42-44

  2. Deane says:

    Last I heard, he was worth about $55 billion, down from a high of $81 billion. That puts it somewhere between a third and a half.

  3. Chris says:

    You think he has $55B in his pocket, you dopes? He's donated more like 80% of his personal wealth. Just cause he has a soaring net worth doesn't mean he has a 18-wheeler full of cash in his back yard.

  4. GERARD TATE says:

    HELLO,

    I WONDERING IF BILL WILL INVEST IN MY PATENT/APPLYED,PENDING INVENTION.IT WILL BE THE HOTEST THING SINCE THE HOULA HOOP! AND ALL 287,000,000 PEOPLE CAN USE IT! TEGU160@AOL.COM

  5. Deane says:

    Yes, Bill Gates would be very interested in that. Email him: bill.gates@microsoft.com

  6. Mark A. Robinson says:

    Due to medical conditions, and dishonest people, my wife, my mother-in-law, and I have been put into a position that we will lose our home. We are now on a fixed income and we need to lower our mortgage rate. Our credit got ruined because we leased another house and the people quit paying. The house was forclosed. I also became disabled at the same time. We haven't been able to get a lower mortgage payment. We are headed for a homeless situation. Please help us get our life secured. We are all senior citizens. We will be glade to repay the monitary help at a rate that will fit our income. We need help within the next two months. I am tring to start a business that I can work at home. This will take time. PLEASE HELP.

  7. Deane says:

    I am stunned at comments like this. Why do people think that these comments go TO the people that the posting refers to? This has happened several times.

    What in my postings makes it sound like it is FROM the subject rather than ABOUT the subject? I don't get it.

    Another example: I posted something about email to the White House once, and a lady wrote a comment as a message TO President Bush, as if he had made the posting himself.

  8. Michael Zaloguin says:

    Dear mr. Bill Gates. Merry Christmas. I beginning inventor . I have some ideas . My ideas simple products or additions to already available products . I ask to help to patent . My ideas concern to products which are issued in a plenty (for example the company Coca-cola in 1998 has made 8 billion bottles) . Coca-cola and other drinks (sweet water ,soda) lose flavouring qualities if a drink loses carbonic gas (co2) . When open a bottle , gas starts to leave a bottle . Some people overlook to close a bottle a fuse . In result the drink in a bottle has lost a part carbonic gas and a part of flavouring qualities .I offer a new plastic bottle which saves up gas and is more convenient at use . This bottle can be used for juice and mineral water . There is a handle on a rudder of the automobile for more convenient rotation of a rudder on turn . Now this device is used by invalids . This device is dangerous to the driver if the automobile collides (faces) with something . I offer other safe device . When the motorcyclist stops ( for example before a traffic light ) , the motorcyclist should lower ( omit ) a foot on the ground . I offer the device which will keep a motorcycle in time stops . Sometimes smoking person long searches for a lighter in pockets or a bag . I offer the adaptation which will facilitate searches of a lighter . There are cases when electric bulbs on the automobile spoil at movement of the automobile . It is useful for driver to know , that one or several bulbs do not work . I offer the device which will inform the driver on faulty bulbs . Sweat delivers trouble to the person . I offer the ways of struggle with then . I am the poor man and banks do not give me money . Yours sincerely M . Zaloguin . zaloguin@netvision.net.il

  9. Boyink says:

    Dear Mr Gates.

    I'm writing to request that you invest in my clue-making machine.

    As I surf the internet, the market for such a device is overwhelmingly large. Many people could benefit from low-cost clues.

    I'm just starting out, and don't have a whole lot of money, so I'm asking; Can you help these poor people get a clue?

    I patiently look forward to your prompt reply.

  10. Michael Zaloguin says:

    Dear Boyink:

    Please tell me how can obtain such low-cost clues that you wish to market. I am desperate need of one.

  11. Wow, everyone has such great ideas! I'm very honored and excited that all of you have contacted me by means of this web log with which I have no association but am miraculously responding to anyway!

    I'd be happy to provide each of you with several million dollars to pursue your patents. As is my usual means of doing business, I've already contacted you by e-mail using the guise of either a man in Africa who needs help getting his money out of the country, or an organization selling various devices with which one may enlarge their johnson. Make sure you check your e-mail and write me back!

  12. Reverend Carmela C. Cook says:

    Looking for donations to establish a church in our local area and a community center for families. This Ministry known as Believe In Christ Ministries is a valid nonprofit 501-3(c) organization. We are a family built and run ministry which work full time jobs to fund ministry. We help people in need and now we are in need of any donations that others would like to donate to buy a church and area for a community center for our community families. Any donations can be sent to: Believe In Christ Ministries, P.O. Box 580, 15503 S. Maple, Kellyville, OK 74039. You can contact me personally at [phone number deleted]. Thank You, and God Bless you.

  13. Deane says:

    Here's why this is happening I think:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=philanthropist

    This page is number two on Google for "philanthropist." I think that people looking for money search for this term, find this page. Why they think posting here will help is still unknown.

  14. Kathy says:

    I am a 45 yr old married mother of three. None of my children still live at home. My middle son is a Marine and spent 6 months in Iraq. My youngest is still trying to find his way. My husband is a computer geek thus the email address (alphageek ) I was employed for 3.5 yrs with the same company until I fell and broke my shoulder and the company saw fit to "let me go".my workmans comp settlement such as it is has not yet come through. I am $1600.00 overdrawn in my checking account and all household expenses are due. Help! I'm at a total loss as to what to do !! My husband and I are both smart people but can't seem to catch a break.If I can get caught up I want to go to school because at my age with no degree there is not much chance of getting a job I can retire with. Please, any help I would be greatly thankful for!!!

  15. Angie says:

    I was wondering if Bill Gates takes a stand against Domestic Violence and if he would be willing to help me in my situation since it seems that all the most other places from goverment officials on down cannot and will not help. I need help with legal fees and leaving the counrty once is all done if I live through. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help or to see if you may know of any agencies or people that maybe able to help me. I have three teenage children. My daughter is eighteen,disabled,and pregnant. My fist grandchild is due March 2 2004. My son is sixteen and disabled. I also have a ninteen year old son. I am married to a man that worked with law enforcement and is presently in an law enforcement field. He also ran a karate school and is a blackbelt. He also taught self-defence to police officers as well as how to disarm suspects. He also has extensive knowledge of weapons,poisons and explosives. As I come to find out he was also mentally and physically abusive. He controlled my life and my childrens lives totally.

    When I finally came to the realization that if I did not get away from this man he was going to kill me or worse. I was still to terrorfied to leave. Believing him completely when he said he would make sure I ended up dead or in prison and then I would wish I was dead long before it happened. He had isolated me from my friends and most of my family. So I had no where to go. He told people I was crazy and a nut case and anything I told them not to believe. My Mom and the two friends I had left convinced me that if I left the law would protect me and I would be safe.

    So I pulled myself together to some degree and left in the middle of the night in November 2003. It only took him a few days to find me. Once I got to my new home I contacted the Social Security Office and the SRS office telling them about how he would not allow me to report income and various other things. Both offices told me not to worry about it. They would make me appointments and help me get it straightened out. I also contacted the police and a safe house asking them for help they told me they would help me. Than after he talked to them both places refused to help me.Because he is law enforcement. While I was trying to put myself and my kids life back together my husband contacted these offices telling them his version of the story so now I am under investigation with these agencies. These agencies have also suspended all our benefits. So we have no way to survive or pay our bills. We can't even buy food. And as he promised I am looking at jail time and they took his word over mine even though I contacted them first. I have no doubts what so ever that if I go to prison I will never come out alive.

    So for committing the crime of leaving an unsafe home and trying to make a safe home for my family I may go to prison and die.

    I have contacted hundreds of places by phone and email begging for help. No one will help me or even listen to me. So I am turning to goverment officials and the media begging for help asking you to please help me. My crime was not wanting to be hurt anymore. Do I deserve the death sentence for that? So if you are a news station would you please go public with my story leaving my name out of it publicley and if anyone offers to help me through you please forward me the information and let me make sure they are legit and not helping him. I fear if I went public with my story and did not remain annomous there would be retalliation of even a larger scale against my family and myself. You have the power to make my plight known to the world. And help countless other families going through the same hell as me.

    If you are a goverment official than who can I contact for help and when is this violence against families by people in law enforcement going to end? When are you going to quite ignoring this problem and help us. How many more woman and children must suffer and possable die for us to deserve the same rights as everyone else in this country. You have the power to help me and countless other families out there like mine. When are we going to matter?When is the torture and pain going to end for us? When will our voices be heard?

    Who do you call when the crimanial is the people who are supposed to protect you. Who listens? Who cares? Will I have to be dead for my voice to be heard. Will my children have to weep at a graveside before anyone stops to listen and care. Is that when people will listen? When another life is taken?

    If your asking yourself if there is others like me out there here are some web addreses that talk about the differences between regular domestic violence and domestic violence done by people in law enforcement check them out.

    http://www.abuseofpower.info/

    http://www.life-span.org/policedv.html

    After you read this please please help me and my family we have no where else to turn and no one else to ask. I am begging........ PLEASE HELP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Angie

  16. Monica Regina says:

    Hello Mr. Gates, I do not have any business to ask you for help, but I do have a son of 1 year old. I am from Brazil and his father is from USA. His father does not help us because we live here in Brazil, and at the moment I do not have a job. My parents help us. My parents are not poor but It´s very hard to my father to support two more. So, I am writing to ask for help. I am not asking for millions or anything like that. Far from me....I do not want to be rich, I just want to be able to buy the things and pay for things my son needs. Sorry to bother you and thank you for your attention.

  17. LaMott P. Johnson says:

    Mr. Gates, my name is LaMott Johnson. By trade, I am a clinical sociologts. I presently hold a masters degree in human services, and a Phd in chemical dedendency counseling. In May 2002, I was arrested for having sex with client who wanted me to leave my girlfriend. When I refused, the client charged me with rape. After being incarcerated for seven months, the court came to the conclusion that the charge was was not true. Meanwhile I lost many possessions to include a new car and credit to the point of recently filing for bankrupcy. Yes, as a professional i am wrong for the bahavior I displyed. However, what I need now is help. will you please consider my plea? any amount will help to save my home of nine years and begin the process of getting out of this depressive hole. My God continue to bless you, your business, and family.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I am seeking person or persons who would sponsor through a grant of 13.5K my first book submitted to Dorrance Publishing Co. Who describes "Truth Seeker" as exploring some of the challenges of Christina living and is designed to encourage the reader who may be seeking greater depth his spiritual life. Unfortunately, I was downsized from previous employer and had to use all available funds to meet financial obligations and am stilll struggling to make ends meet. Therefore, I have been placed in a position of having to seek help. I have no family or friends to assist and the reason for this request for sponsorship. I believe that should this book reach and help one person than those funds would be well spent. Thank you. John L. Harris, Sr

  19. george says:

    dear sir, forgive me for being so forward, but a tragedy has recently befallen me, and i was hoping you would help.

    i was defrauded from my life savings, by a firm called financial asvisory consultants. the president of this firm had a ponzi scheme going for 20 years, and many investors lost thier life savings. its been all over the papers here in los angeles. please view following sight to get the full deatails of this depressing situation facreceiver.com this sight has been posted by the receiver in charge of tryig to retrieve any money that was not wasted by the president.

    im a 30 year old police officer, that has lost 300,000 of my hard earned money. i was planning on buying a house this year, and getting married, but now i have no money to do any of these dreams ive worked so hard for. im praying for a miracle.

    if there is anything that you can do to help me out of this situation, i would be forever in your debt. please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or need additional information in regards to this matter.

  20. I need help Bill. Serious help. I think I am crazy but some of your money will make me more normal. Please help now. Send all money to Nigeria.

  21. You people are fsking CLUELESS says:

    BILL GATES DOES NOT READ THESE LOGS YOU STUPID PEOPLE.

    GAAAAHHHHHHH!

  22. Daniel Bester, Inc. would be delighted to help any and all comers. Our status as the world's leading trans-national corporation leaves us with huge sums which we wish to dispose for charitable causes and tax breaks.

  23. Kluless Luserson says:

    Dear Santa Claus,

    Can I have an XBOX for Chirstmas? Thanks!

  24. Anonymous says:

    hi mister bill gates,

    i wish to make a toy for kids based on goats, if you could give me some funding we could market this more than the microsoft watch! it'll be bigger than mister hankey!

    i look forward to recieving whatever you wish to give mr gates, from what i hear you have quite a lot to give.

    sincerely,

    [personal information deleted -- it was probably fake just to make a point, but I'm not taking chances]

  25. Not at at all surprised by this says:

    You people are morons and bloody well deserve to be poor.

    Nobody who is so stupid that they cannot read a page well enough to know that Bill Gates is not monitoring it, looking for slackers and losers to blindly give money to, has any business handling money.

  26. Anonymous says:

    The real question here is: who is trying to destroy Nancy Hicks' life? If that's actually her SSN and bank account number, she's screwed.

  27. Thanks everybody for writing. All of your requests are granted. Furthermore, Windows Service Pack 2 will hereby be bug-free and virus-proof!

    Thanks agin. The checks are in the mial.

    -bg-

  28. Tara says:

    I love when people pull garbage like this. Are these the same people who use their CD-ROM trays as cupholders and try to speak into their mouse?

    I once blogged about David Blaine and was inundated with fan mail for him. He owes me big time for answering all of them... mwahahahah

  29. Joe says:

    Dear Mr. Gates,
    I found $20 in my pocket day. I don't need it. Do you want it?

  30. Jack Assssss says:

    Give me cash!!!!!!

  31. Hi Bill, can I borrow some money for my new invention, the iBong? iBong will help everyone be more efficient, and can attach to the flat panel iMacs via Firewire for complete management and customization via the iBong software. Please help me develope this! -Your friendly competitor, Steve

  32. Anonymous says:

    Hey Bill. I need some lunch money cause all the kids at school beat me up if I don't give it to them. If you could just provide matching funds or maybe two times as much as lunch costs me, then I'd finally be able to eat some food. Or maybe you could give me some cash to hire some bully protection. Whatever's best for you.

    They say that lunch is the second most important meal. You wouldn't leave a brother hanging, would you?

    Sincerely, Rick

  33. Dear Mr. Bill Gates,

    I recently purchased a plot of land on the Plains with the intent of prospecting said land for gold. However, I feel that I was duped by the seller of the land and his compatriot, the local saloon owner. Can you get me back my money?

  34. Dear Bill, I have an idea for a new movie. A young disabled boy gets bitten by a space monkey and returns as a gay zombie. Please send cash. Your Friend, S Spielberg.

  35. Bill Gates says:

    Hello everyone!

    I was pleased to see that you all want my money. The power trip I get from seeing you beg makes me laugh evilly. I have decided that instead of giving it out to anyone, I will use the money to buy all of you a free version of the latest brainwashing devices made by Microsoft.

    I assure you that any security flaws in the mind-control head caps will be fixed soon. We have diverted all of our remaining resources from Longhorn to fix the security issues. As such, our attempt to force our users into once again paying us too much money to get a "necessary" and (by the time it's done) outdated OS will be delayed once again, probably until 2010 or so. Luckily for Microsoft (and by trickle-down computing, the user), the mind-control beams will make sure that none of you care, and will buy it anyway, no matter how many times you get hacked or slammed by worms and spyware.

    -Bill "El Presidente" Gates

  36. You're all fired. That is all.

  37. Neil says:

    I witnessed this phenomenon first hand on my web site. I had posted a bunch of old articles from a job I had some time ago on my site, and two of the articles were about Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway). People proceeded to post comments as if I was Kamen, asking for help with inventions, etc.

    It's all very strange and makes me question the intelligence of some people... but, you see what you want to see I suppose.

    Link here:

    http://www.beatnikpad.com/writing/archives/000156.php

  38. DeadBeat says:

    Dear Jesus, Me and my wife have been trying to have a baby for many years, but sadly we've always failed. Surely if you are everywhere you will read this (even Bill Gates is reading it) and could help us out. If you help my wife get pregnant we will donate a lot of money to the church to show our thanks.

    Always loving, Joe

  39. Yeshua bei Yosef says:

    Dear Joe,

    Please forward nekkid photos of your wife. I'll let you know if I'm interested in helping her get pregnant.

    Your pal,

    Jesus (el Saviour) Christ

  40. Joeina says:

    Dear Mr. Gates,

    I will give you $20 to attempt to impregnate the above poster, Joe.

    Let me know

  41. Penguin in a suit says:

    My OS is better than yours. Damn right, it's better than yours. I'm a penguin, and you've just been told.

    Joe, tell your wife I want my dollar back.

  42. Galoot says:

    Dear Bill,

    May I call you Bill, or do you prefer William? Billy? Satan? (That's a joke)

    I have suffered nothing terrible. Nobody has done me immeasurable harm and my health and the health of my family is fine. The problem is that I'm both lazy and stupid.

    If you wouldn't mind tossing a couple million dollars my way, I would be very grateful. I'd say that I was forever in your debt, but that'd be a lie. I'd just take the money and you'd never hear from me again. But that might be incentive enough.

    Your temporary pal, --Galoot

  43. MR.LEKUN DADA. says:

    ATTENTION,

    BEFORE I PROCEED I MUST BE GRATEFUL TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. MY NAME IS MR LEKUN DADA, A ZIMBABWAN. I WASFORMERLY A PERSONAL AIDE TO ONE OF THE TOP MINISTERSOF ROBERT MUGABE'S FORMER GOVERNMENT.

    DUE TO MY POSITION AND CLOSENESS WITH THE MINISTER, I WAS ABLE TO MANIPULATE WITH SOME SUBSTANCIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY AMOUNTING TO $ 11.5 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS WHICH WAS PART OF THE MONEY FOR THE CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE'S RE-ELECTION INTO OFFICE UNDER THE ZANUPE PARTY.

    CURRENTLY THE FUND IS IN A SECURITY FINANCE COMPANY BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS IN MY COUNTRY(ZIMBABWE) I AND MY TWO CHILDREN ARE REFUGEES AT THE MOMENT IN SOUTHAFRICA, AND I HAVE ACCESS TO COMPUTER ALONE.

    MY REQUEST; WE ARE THEREFORE LOOKING FOR A TRUSTWORTHY INDIVIDUAL/FIRM TO ADVICE OR ASSIST US IN MAKING THE RIGHTFUL INVESTMENT MORESO WE ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING PROPERTIES FOR RESIDENTIAL AS MY FAMILY WILL BE RESIDING THERE IN THEN EAR FUTURE.

    COMMISSION / REMUNERATION AS REGARDS YOUR ASSISTANCE;

    MY FAMILY AND I SHALL OFFER YOU 20% OF THE TOTAL SUM AND ALL YOUR EXPENSES I.E {TELEPHONE BILLS, TRAVEL EXPENSES ETC.} SHALL ALSO BE REFUNDED BACK TO YOU. NOTE: I SHALL COMMIT HALF OF THE TOTAL SUM INTO A JOINT VENTURE PROJECT AND BE ASSURED THAT YOU STAND NO RISK OF ANY KIND AS THE FUND BELONGS TO ME ALONE.

    AS SOON AS I GET YOUR CONSENT, I WILL FURNISH YOU WITH THE DETAILS AND CONTACT OF THE FINANCE COMPANY AND A FACE TO FACE MEETING WILL BE ARRANGED IN ORDER TO KNOW EACH OTHER/OURSELF BETTER. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT ASSOCIATING WITH YOU TO EMBARK ON THIS AND OTHER BUSINESS VENTURES WILL DERIVE A HUGE SUCCESS HEREAFTER. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION DO NOT HESITATE TO INCLUDE THEM IN YOUR REPLY.

    BEST REGARDS.

    MR.LEKUN DADA.

  44. Jan Schjetne says:

    Dear Bill Clinton.

    Please give me a cigar.

    Best Regards, Jan Schjetne

  45. constantly amazed by the stupidity of the masses says:

    wow. scary stupid people posting begging letters. This site depresses me. If ANY of these letters are real they fill me with despair for the human race.

    I just wish Natural Selection still affected the human race.

  46. Mr. Akuna Matata says:

    Hello to say thank you for considering this my proposition,

    I am invent new form of body modifiation, it will make you happpy to flavour your sweat to your choosing.

    Currently I am inventing strawberry, lime, bubblegum and brie flavourings but am need money to perfect this holy grale of flavourings, being pork balls.

    Best happy, Akuna

  47. Linus says:

    Dear Mr. Gates,

    I'm working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers. It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable, I've successfully run minesweeper/solitaire/Visual Basic/Bob etc under it.

    I was considering posting to Usenet and offering to put out the sources for wider distribution like those hairy GNU types, but it'll only annoy Andy, and Hurd will be out in a year (or two, or next month, who knows). So I figure it's time to MAKE MONEY FAST!!!!1!!

    This is a program for businessmen by a businessman. I've enjouyed doing it, and you might enjoy paying me for it.

    -----Linus Torvalds

  48. Mr. Ikea says:

    Dear Bill,

    How about some cheap furniture?

  49. Bumrage says:

    tell you what geezer, how about i send you a bunch of fives right on the bugle?

    do one.

  50. Boris Bagley says:

    Dear esteemed investor,

    I bring for you today a remarkable invention. I have created a device for removing all manner of stains - including, yes, i know what you're thinking, semen - in the blink of an eye and in public.

    The device is around the size of a toothbrush and secretes a potent cleaning mixture of my own ingenious design into your clothing, instantly ridding you of the troubling mark in question. I am targeting a market of business men and women on the go.

    You do have to be careful not to get it on your skin though, as it has been known to cause rather large volcanic pus-weeping welts not unlike a bad burn in appearance.

    Pls. respond by cheque or postal order, Boris Bagley

  51. Theresa Green says:

    Just because his arms are too short to reach into his pockets, no need to keep pulling the piss, people.

    If any of you ladies were at the end of the queue when God was handing out brains, my advice to you would be to sit on a street corner and look pretty.

    If any of you blokes had a sex change, it's time to realise that you've let go of the baton, and there is now room for everyone.

  52. Bill Gates says:

    I can speak for myself. I've done a fair bit of sitting on kerbs in my time and I can tell you, it made me the man I am today. That's why I use my philanthropic activities as, effectively, a huge tax dodge, pr stunt, and method of selling my software to third-world countries.

    It's Bill's world, baby.

  53. R. Nigerian says:

    Dear Mr Gates,

    Can I have loads of money please? If yes, let's meet up in a hotel and we'll beat the crap out of you

    Hugs Random Nigerian

  54. what in Judas Rockin' Priest is going on around here?

  55. Jon Ives says:

    Dear bill,

    Please find time to view my attached proposal for a device very similar to an ipod, only smaller.

    Love, Jon

  56. what the says:

    What the hell is the matter with these people are they on crack or something if they actually think that Bill Gates would waste his time reading their pitiful emails. There may be one born every minute but its not Bill Gates. Losers is a word that springs to mind

  57. English Teacher says:

    To the poster above,

    Punctuation, my dear, is neither a precious ore or a finite resource. Please have some of mine if you are in need.

    ,,,,, ...... !!!!! ????? """""""" ''''''''

  58. George Tenet of the CIA says:

    Beloved Anyone,

    I have a secret in order to find Osama and other evil ones. You would give my secret to you but I am scared that they would find me and would kill. In order to help my fears I would wish a billion dollars so as to I could go away and not being never found.

    If you really wished Osama dead. As soon as you can you transmit a public answer here. Then we can come to contact for the exchange. Do not think that this is a foolish joke because you easily sees how much easy it was to find you?

    The God Benedice L'America! George Tenet

  59. lucky boy now says:

    to all those scroungers, err sorry, needy people out there....

    I was once quite hard up, and I never asked for anything from anybody. Then I ended up winning a tidy sum on the UK lottery. Enough for me to never need work again.

    At the time, I stupidly agreed to publicity and even now several years later I still get letters from people asking for donations to help them out of their troubles.

    If only they knew that all their unopened letters actually do is help to get my real log fire going first thing in the morning, they'd probably save themselves the cost of a stamp. lol

  60. Qpdaj says:

    These petitions to Bill only serve to prove once again why unsavory characters continue to send out loads of spam: people respond. The internet is no longer a small domain of computer geeks (most of whom should know better), but has become a huge community with all kinds of people, many of whom seem unfortunately naive. May the gods help us all.

  61. Hi Bill, My friends told me about the money you are giving away.

    I've been leading a pretty good life lately, but could always use a little extra cash.

    Please help my family and me out.

    call me: [deleted]

    -Wil

  62. Dark Visor says:

    Dear Bill

    Just on the off chance you are magically drawn to this page by the power of concentrated thought or other tricks and nonsense to read all these banal ramblings, here's my useful contribution.

    I am a young Padooine with the power of the Dark Side dangerously raging through my body... My master doesn't understand me, and anyway, he gets his orders from a stupid green bloke who talks in nonsensical patterns. On the up side, i did get to have sex with Natalie Portman, but, i have seen my future (in three tidy installments produced many years ago) and it doesn't bode well to my chances of staying alive. As they say, 'I've got a bad feeling about this'.

    It is said to be my destiny and can't be changed, but surely you can help me Billy-boy... i don't want to die... You can do anything, right? You're a tiger... Bonafide genius.

    Please re-write your Windows OS from scratch, giving it a soundly coded architectural base.. oh, and include a routine for keeping me alive... i've got a great idea for a big round space station and Window's would be ideal for controlling everything... just tidy those bugs, old boy.

    PS. come see the 3rd and final installment in the 6 part documentary series of my life, soon. Remember you can change my destiny... Pleeeease

    May The Force be With You Anakin

  63. Not yet says:

    I can't believe it I asked Bill for 250 quid and he sent it almost straight away, well not actually the hard cash but a free copy of WINXP PRO. It arrived via a lovely man called Kazza.

    Works great.....wait, hang on it's auto shutting down???

  64. Dear Mr and Mrs Gates,

    I wonder if you could help ? My family and I are avid Windows users, but are finding it increasingly difficult to manage using our sole copy of Windows 95. The sad fact of the matter is that we can't afford to upgrade: we had been saving up for Windows 98, but when we were almost there we found that it was no longer available. Undeterred we carried on saving, hoping that Windows 99 would be within our grasp, but no, our up-up-upgraded CP/M computer then gave up the ghost at the most inconvenient time and we were forced to spend our upgrade money on a new PC which came preloaded with Windows ME. All was well until we found that shortly after buying the machine no-one writes any drivers for that version of Windows any more ! We are now back where we started, and the kids are keen to use the internet. We honestly can't afford to upgrade, so could you please send us a copy of your latest version of Windows ? And all the patches would be nice too.

    Many thanks !

  65. boy howdy says:

    Almost done with revolutionary bio-tech upgrade. Send $1 in a SASE and I will show you how you can have detachable thumbs. As soon as I get 1,000,000 people to send me a request for information, all will be revealed. If you can't wait or want the benefit of knowing how this will be done now, better send in your dollar. This was actually seen on episode 43 of "Survivor" but has been suppressed by the FCC. If you send $10 more, I will also include the show that was censored. PS. Bill Gates already has them... the thumbs and the episode 43. But he's too busy mailing money to people to do this himself.

  66. Anonymous says:

    This web page is an example of why internet access should only be granted to people that can pass an intelligence test.

  67. Mr. Smart says:

    Hello. I am a tall-walking slap in the face.

    You people are stupid. Bill Gates doesn't give money to leeches, he gives it to CHARITIES. Telling him your life story won't make him feel sorry for you. Granted, he didn't EARN his billions, he stole them from the backs of other harder working Americans, but that doesn't give you the right to whine at a post about him.

    If you really need money, go get a job that's "below you" instead of waiting for someone to throw money at your feet.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mr. Gates,

    My name is Joseph Mansfield Holmes III. I have a degree in Sociology from Columbia and recently began a foundation in New York City that takes children of 9/11 survivors to 'Safe Haven Camp' in the summertime. Unfortunately, many of the funds I had amassed to start our fondation with were squandered by my hard-drinking brother, Joe, Jr., who, besides being an alcoholic and crack addict, also burned down a 7-11 in Rockaway, New Jersey, and all the subsequent legal fees, etc. If you have any extra money, I'm sure the children would appreciate your donation to our cause. Please email me at jholmes3_2000@yahoo.com

    Thanks for your time, Joe Holmes

  69. Chris Mariano says:

    I'd really like some extra cash because I always have a cash of the MUNCHIES.

    I know it's hard to believe, but if you've watched as much DirecTV as I have, you'd be singing a completely different tune.

    La dee da, la dooo dooo!

  70. JKREW says:

    Dear Mr. Gates,

    I would like to request a loan for $1,000,000 american currency from you. I will put the money in the bank, live off the $50,000 interest it procures each year and quit my job. I will live off of Cheetos, Ramen and microwave pizzas while I download music all day. I will be able to work on my car more, have more time for my girlfriend and finally be able to take up some form of illegal narcotic ingestion I have been hearing about so much lately.

    After 20 years of this lifestyle, I will be more than happy to go back to work and return your loan.

    Much appreciated, Jason K. www.jkrew.com

  71. I don't know what is more hilarious: the morons who actually think Gates will ever read this (let alone cough up some cash for their "cause"), or the sarcastic responses to those idiots.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mr G,

    As a result of a horrible accident, possibly involving A Nigerian passenger jet or motor vehicle... I am missing both arms and legs. You may wonder how I typed this...well it's no more mysterious than believing Bill Gates will read a completely unrelated post on a totally unconnected website. Does greed cloud the mind or what? Anyway, Mr. G. I'd like $2.5 billion in unmarked bills delivered by the toothfairy or at the very least, one of Santa's reindeer. Did I mention all of my relatives have either died or sold themselves into prostitution? It it affects your decision, feel free to believe it.

    • Johnny Hardluckstory
  73. Roger Morris says:

    Dear Mr. Gates,

    Doctors discovered my birth defect "Pectus Excavatum" right after I was born. I don't remember the doctors or the hospitals I was taken too. I know my mother told me I was taken to Shriners Hospital and others before I could remember anything. My mother and father moved from Northern, California in 1964 to Western Rural Pennsylvania (Johnstown), so they could breed and create better offspring. My daddy took a higher paying job and their were better prospective hospitals in Johnstown, PA in 1964. I had to wear a special T brace from age 2 to five, I also had to do special exercises rocking back and forth while holding my ankles with my hands while on my chest. I wasn't allowed to ride a bicycle at all until 1968 or 1969. Wonderful doctors at "Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation" treated me so nice and gentle, and didn't use a wire hanger like they used to. Well, 1965 came around, many x-rays, more than I care to remember, brrrrrrr, it was cold in there. My one wonderful, loving doctor, Dr. Marquez operated on me in 1965 at the Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Hospital . My center Sternum Bone was Fused to my Back Bone when I was born. I missed a lot of school in Kindergarten . I remember to this day 39 years ago today, nurses rolling me into a big room, I asked my doctor what the big light was for, he said "It will make you go to sleep sweetie". I don't remember the surgery to well, thank goodness! What I do remember is me laying in my hospital bed looking down at myself laying there with all this machines hooked up to me, and my mother and father crying. I now know what I was seeing. My mother told me much later in my life the hospital kept me unconscious for three or four days after my surgery. So, I must have left my body and watched them and myself. It's no wonder I believe in God (Daddy) from then on! I spent a long arduous road healing in 1965. I don't remember how long I was in the hospital; I do know it was a long time though. My pin came out of my chest in 1966 or 1967, I got an ambulance ride to the hospital, kewl, and I didn't feel any pain. I truly thought my mother poured ketchup on me . The pin had threads on it so it would work its way out all by itself. My mother still has my baby book with the pin and my wrist band in it to this day! Anyhow, I was put to sleep again so Dr. Bruer could remove my pin. This pin was inserted into my chest bones to help keep them steady from clasping back in again. I had to wear a special made brace from 1965 to 1968 around my chest area. After I seen my doctor again in 1968, he gave me the go ahead so I could have a bicycle now. I was elated, and so happy I could have a bicycle now!! I got to pick the any bicycle I wanted at the Schwinn dealer; it was a happy day for me!!! As I was growing up, I had pains in my chest bones. The doctors said it's because I was growing.

    In 1995 I contracted pneumonia and had x-rays done on my chest again. The doctor told me after I got better; he wanted to show me something I had no idea what it was either. After I got well, the doctor showed me my x-rays and explained I had wires in my center sternum bones. As I looked at them and showed him my birth defect he then knew why the wires were there for. I had no idea, not even my mother knew I had stainless steel wires holding my chest bones together still. I was shocked myself to know I had those wires within me still. My doctor explained to me they were probably put there to hold my chest together while I was healing. Plus he told me they are deeply imbedded with in my sternum bones that it's impossible to remove them.

    My Heart Poem

    Be careful with my heart, I gave it to you for safe keeping, It?s a very fragile and weak heart that gets hurt real easy, Why is this too be, My heart was a nice heart, Ask my doctors who moved my heart and lungs around, God only knows why my heart hurts all so bad, Trusting, Believing, and safe satisfaction that someone will take care of it, My heart believes in Love and Security, Caring of others to no end, Why is my heart so low and sad, It will heal in time, With ever-loving tender kindness, Please be kind to my Heart, It Loves you too no end.

    Mr Gates, I need a loan, real bad. I need to travel to western europe to see a specialist, and yer the last one that can help. I am including my social security number, bank account, and telephone number. If you see this today, feel free to call and discuss this with me further.

    Heart,

    Carrie Jo [personal details deleted]

  74. Carrie Jo says:

    Mr Gates,

    I made a typo there - my ss# is [deleted]

    Thanx,

    Carrie Jo

  75. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes I really wish I were a bad person, because all these financial details floating around really tempt me.

    ...even if they're all faked.

  76. Mike says:

    What the hell is going on here!? People can't possbily be thinking this is seriously getting to Gates.

  77. Dear Gadgetopia friends,

    Your notes of inspiration have meant so much to me today, so I will explain why I killed myself. But first, I want you to know that I'm sorry about the mess. I thought about which would be better--you finding me drowned in a bathtub of vinegar and blood, or seeing my brains splattered all over the down quilt my grandmother gave me, or watching me undulate from a noose stretching from the chandelier. I scratched off the hanging-by-the-neck idea because I worried you might feel guilty for laughing involuntarily--you know how much we love that 'Kids in the Hall' skit where the two guys are hanging from the tree and one of them says to the other, "Are you dead yet?" You know the one. Just thinking about killing myself that way gave me a bit of a chuckle. So I figured it might not be appropriate. Not that blowing my brains out all over the new lycra china white carpet or my grandmother's antique chenille quilt (which the greedy bitch gave me in lieu of an inheritance) was the best of all possible options. And don't assume I didn't consider driving the Bentley over the bridge into the moat. But you and I both know that the moat only appears to be deep but is actually full of beer cans. I couldn't stand the thought of what all that would do to the Bentley. As for driving the 2004 MGB at great speed straight into the stone retainer wall by the stables, as a matter of fact, I nearly made that my second choice. But you know how easily the horses are spooked. I figured it would be enough of a shock to find me dead, let alone having to go trudging through the Yorksa estate to find the horses again. Anyway, so that you know I didn't just get up this morning and impulsively decide while eating chocolate-filled croissants that I would blow my brains out all over my creme silk slippers after you left me all these chilling notes begging for money, I did give a lot of thought to putting my head in an oven and turning up the gas (you remember how Sylvia Plath had actually intended this method to be a non sequitur, and therefore may have subconsciously wanted not to die but to become immortal in a purely narcissistic sort of way, and therefore it made so much of what she had written up to that point raw crap) but, as you probably know, or maybe not, and as I just discovered today, we don't have a gas oven in this multibillion dollar state-of-the-art home. We don't have any gas appliances in the main house at all. And Melinda could not understand what I was saying when I asked her to show me the kitchen in her quarters, which is just as well, because then it would have been that damn maid, Rosa, who always steals my change, who would have found me first, and by the time you would have been told that I killed myself, they would have already driven me to the morgue and put the stiff sheet over my face and you probably would have sent my father in to identify me ...and the idea of committing suicide gets dull at the thought of Rosa being the first ones to see me dead and going through my pockets for change. I really want it to be you guys, here, to be the first to know. I thought about letting boingboing.net be the first to know. But its you guys. You have become really important to me as I read these beautiful requests for money. You might be wondering where I got the rifle. I'll tell you, but you must promise not to let it out to the press. This isn't easy for me to admit. I've had it for years now, ever since a few days before I got married. You know Apple Macintosh. Steve Jobs gave it to me as a wedding gift. As a joke. Purely as a joke.

    To be honest, some of the things I told you about my sexual conquests were slightly embellished. I dated some great women in my time, and there was the stripper at ComDex '00, Alison, but we never engaged in a menage a trois with her sister. I told you that to impress you, but I never expected it would backfire and you would want to have a menage a trois with Alison's sister as well. I'm sorry that whole episode went so badly. It would have helped if you had told me first that you were planning to surprise me for my birthday. I might have predicted the whole sordid affair, and then I wouldn't have had to come up with more lies to save face. So, as you might have guessed by now, not only did I not have a menage a trois with Alison and her sister, or with anybody, ever, for that matter, but I really didn't have a birthday trip to my mother's planned out beforehand, and so the fact that we went to my mother's instead of surprising Alison's sister with a menage a trois was all a big mistake. My mistake. Not your fault at all. I'm sure a menage a trois with you and Alison's sister would have been just fine, as far as birthday presents go, but as you can see now, it would have been a disaster because Alison's sister is a nun. It's a good thing that I lied to you and dragged you off to my mother's instead. Try to be nice to Alison and her sister if they show up at my funeral. Not that they will.

    The point is, I killed myself. Right. What was going on there is...or what I meant by this letter is that....why do people who are going to kill themselves write letters in the first place? Did you ever think of that? I did. This has taken an incredibly long time to write....you know how I hate to write letters. But I figured I owe it you for all the trouble you've gone to begging me for money. I had Rosa pick up some 409 spray-cleaner last time she shopped, because the clerk once told me it's the best thing for mopping up blood. I'm assuming that Rosa won't clean up the mess, she will probably quit her job if you demand it of her. Just do it yourself. If my death means anything to you at all, please get on your hands and knees and scrub my brains out of the carpet. Thinking of that, just before I pull the trigger, will do my heart well.

    Thanks for reading,

    Bill Gates

  78. Anonymous says:

    Dear Bill

    You are a poison ivy

    Regards

    Steve "the monkey" Ballmer

  79. Anonymous says:

    dear bill,

    three words: five second abs

    think about it.

  80. Anonymous says:

    Dear Bill Gates:

    I am interested in your partnership in business. This business proposal I wish to introduce you with is of mutual benefit and entirely based on mutual trust, cooperation and a high level of confidentiality as regard this transaction.

    I am representing the board of the contract award and monitoring committee of the Zambian Ministry of Mining and Resources. I am seeking your assistance to enable me transfer the sum of US$130,500,000.00 (One Hundred and Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your private/company account.

    The fund came about as a result of a contract awarded and executed and on behalf of my Ministry. The contract was supposed to be awarded to two foreign contractors to the tune of US$380,000,000.00 (Three Hundred and Eighty Million United States Dollars). But in the course of negotiation, the contract was awarded to a Bulgarian contractor at the cost of US$249,500,000.00 (Two Hundred and Forty-nine Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to my benefit unknown to the contractor.

    This contract has been satisfactorily executed and inspected as the Bulgarian firm is presently securing payment from my Ministry, where our Board is in-charge of all foreign contract payment approval. As a civil servant still in active government service, I am forbidden by law to operate an account outside the shores of Zambia. Hence this message to you seeking your assistance so as to enable me present your account details as a beneficiary of contractual claims alongside that of the Bulgarian contractor, to enable me transfer the difference of US$130,500,000.00 (One Hundred and Thirty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your provided account.

    On actualization, the fund will be disbursed as stated below. 20% of the fund will be for you as beneficiary 80% of the fund will be for Us. All logistics are in place and all modalities worked out for a smooth actualization of the transaction within the next few working days of commencement. For further details as to the work ability of this transaction, please reach me as soon as possible for further clarification contact me on my email address below:

    robertla@zwallet.com Thank you and God bless as I await your urgent response. Yours Sincerely, Mr.Robert Larry

  81. It occurs to me, Mr. Gates, that you could hire one hell of a ninja death squad with all that money. Then you could send them out to assasinate all of these whiny fuckers asking you for money.

    Wouldn't that be swell?

  82. Anonymous says:

    HI, MY NAME IS FELICIA, I LIVE IN TEXAS,I AM A 24 YR OLD MOTHER OF 3, AND I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF PRAYER FOR FINANCIAL HELP. I HAVE MAJOR DENTAL PROBLEMS I NEED REPAIRED, AND THEY CAN ONLY BE FIXED SURGICALLY. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT I CAN NOT AFFORD DENTAL INSURANCE AND I HAVE EVEN TRIED DENTAL DISCOUNT PLANS. THEY DO DISCOUNT THE DENTAL PROCEEDURES, BUT MY PROBLEM FINANCIALLY IS THAT ALL DENTISTS AND THEIR PROCEEDURES REQUIRE PAYMENT IN FULL AT TIME OF SERVICE. I DO NOT HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY AND I HAVE TRIED EVERY RESOURCE I COULD FIND FOR FINANCIAL HELP. I HAVE EVEN CALLED ALL THE DENTISTS IN OR CLOSE TO MY AREA TO WORK OUT A PAYMENT PLAN AND I STILL HAVE HAD NO LUCK IN ANY HOPES OF GETTING MY TEETH FIXED. I AM IN EXTREME PAIN DUE TO BROKEN OFF, CRACKED, IMPACTED, OVERLAPPING TEETH, AND EXPOSED NERVES, AND THEY ARE VERY SENSITIVE AS WELL. I CRY DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE PAIN TO STOP BECAUSE THE PAINKILLERS I RECEIVED FROM THE EMERGENCY ROOM ARE NOT EVEN WORKING FOR ME. I AM TIRED OF HAVING TO EAT MY FOOD IN LIQUIFIED FORM BECAUSE IT IS VERY PAINFULL TO CHEW SOLID FOOD. EVERY RESOURCE I CAN THINK OF AND TRIED CAN NOT HELP ME BECAUSE I EITHER DO NOT QUALIFY OR DO NOT HAVE GOOD ENOUGH CREDIT. I AM BEGGING FOR STRONGER PRAYER THAN WHAT I HAVE BEEN PRAYING, FOR I AM BEGINNING TO LOSE ALL HOPE OF EVER GETTING MY TEETH FIXED. THIS IS MY LAST RESOURCE FOR HELP THAT I HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO BY MANY FRIENDS. I DID NOT KNOW THAT ONLINE PRAYER EXISTED TILL TODAY. I AM ASKING ALL OF YOU TO PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION THAT I AM UNAWARE OF TO PLEASE SEND IT TO ME. I AM DESPERATE FOR A HEALTHY SMILE AND WAY TO EAT. I HAVE LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT DUE TO MY BAD TEETH AND DO NOT WISH TO LOOSE ANY MORE OF IT. I HAVE NOT GONE TO ANY OF MY LOCAL CHURCHES TO ASK FOR HELP BECAUSE I AM TO ASHAMED TO ASK THEM FOR MONEY AND I AM TO ASHAMED TO EVEN GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE MY TEETH ARE SO BAD. I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN TURNED DOWN FROM 13 DIFFERENT JOBS BECAUSE OF MY TEETH LOOKING SO BAD. I AM AT MY WITS END AND ALMOST READY TO PULL MY OWN TEETH. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME I NEED IT GREATLY. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS cpnhgnngl@aol.com, MY PHONE NUMBER IS [deleted] IN CASE ANY ONE CAN SEND ME HELPFUL INFO REGARDING THE MONEY MR GATES HAS FOR MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

    IN GREAT PAIN AND DISCOMFORT, FELICIA FROM TEXAS

  83. Deane says:

    If that last one is real -- posted AFTER I put the disclaimer at the top of this page -- then someone shoot me in the face, please. I give up.

  84. S. J. McCarthy says:

    Mr Gates, I read with alarm that your foundation has embarked on a foolish scheme of distributing funds via the internet. I find it appalling that a responsible business leader such as yourself would provide charity in this manner. Our church is a responsible provider of charity in our community, providing food, shelter, and spiritual comfort. We believe that by doling out large amounts of cash to people without even checking their social security numbers, you are undermining the basis of charity in our communities. It is well documented that donations of cash such as you have been handing out (even with your single case cap of one million dollars) have negative long term consequences on recipients. I urge you to cease this scheme immediately. Yours in god, Rev S. J. McCarthy

  85. Uchiha Sasuke says:

    Dear Bill, don't you think the money would be best spent hiring me, a ninja to protect you since Uma Thurman is coming to kill your ass?

    Hang on..

    Kawarimi no Jutsu!!

  86. Dustin Green says:

    tomatoes, corn, bread, milk, cookies for kids, yeast, soy milk, rasin bran, toilet paper, tooth paste, extra virgin olive oil, flour, new shoes, lint, Donald Trump "how to get rich", ipod, isight, i life, icandy, ifeelsleepy, ipc, ifeelhigh, iwipe,

    feta cheese.

  87. It should be lengthy enough to seem substantial, yet concise enough to feel breezy. It should be serious, but with a slight wink. It should lay out a new course of action, but one that can change direction at any moment. If you must mention facts and figures, don't do so directly. The general thrust should remain embedded in one's mind forever, but specific words should be forgotten the moment they are heard. It should contain nothing that can't be confirmed or denied. It should be on my desk Friday morning.

  88. Damian says:

    Too funny, yes unfortunately way too believable. I posted a comment last week on my blog about Dell's customer service, now I have a handful off comments from AOL users wanting tech support and rebate info!

    There should be an IQ test to get on the net.

  89. Oh My God!!! says:

    Are the two Nigerian 419 scams posted here for real??? Forgetting for a moment that this site has nothing to do with GATES... Why would he even need the money?

    They actually believe the WORLD'S SECOND RICHEST MAN would give a shit about their pissant $11.5 million scams? This is dumb on so many levels I just give up!

  90. Danger Mouse says:

    Link please.

  91. Sehr geherte Herr GATES: Vielleicht koennen Sie helfen???? Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren, Denn meine Tochter fehlet mir; Durch sie ging all mein Glück verloren, Ein Bösewicht entfloh mit ihr. Noch seh' ich ihr Zittern Mit bangem Erschüttern, Ihr ängstliches Beben, Ihr schüchternes Streben. Ich mußte sie mir rauben sehen, Ach helft! ach helft! war alles, was sie sprach. Allein vergebens war ihr Flehen, Denn meine Hilfe war zu schwach.

  92. W says:

    dEAR mR gATES

    Im sO sORry Too BrothER U But dICK Si Busy nAND tOLD mY NOt BooTHR hIM wHILE he RININ tHE CuNTry.

    pLsas yELL ah tELL mY hOW tHE BrAnE nHAnent pHACHE iss gOING. DAM DimN pORtuRs kEP aSKIN hEERD qESTONS

    xXxOOO

    W

    pS

    dICK sADe wE Ned 2 KEP oSUMA lickED uP tILL sEPTIMBRA wIT U tHIKN

  93. bill gate says:

    None of you will recive a penny, instead i shall hire hackers to aquire your IP addresses, lawers to make your ISPs give me your home addresses and names hit men to kill all who beg to me!

  94. @rc says:

    Wow.. this is pure stupidity. Dumb.

  95. Anonymous says:

    Hi!

    I'm trying to find a way to become a millionaire like you someday Bill, but the problem is I'm a freakin' moron, born from low income (I broke into someone's house to write this to you) and I like to drink lots and lots of wine.

    You may find my english refined, as I've spent a lot time in the library (provides a warm shelter and shower during the colder months) .

    All I want is 1 million dollars so I can buy more booze and live in a hotel.

    No checks, as I've been caught several times cashing fake checks at the local quickie mart.

    I usually sit at the corner of 7 and Warren in Detroit, holding a sign that says "Help me I'm Hungry" I weigh 250 pounds and I'm 5'8. I have long brown hair, and I'm white. You can't miss me. I have a beard right now that I've grown attached to you and frankly I'd rather spend more money on Night Train or Cisco than on a shaving blade.

    Thank you and good day,

    Rosco Whaphles

  96. Hi,

    I was told about this website by a friend after they supposedly found it from a public forum topic. I happen to be an employee at Microsoft and I can assure you that Mr. Gates will not be viewing the site, nor giving away money to any of you. I told him about the site but he waved it off, and he had reason too. He hasn't got enough time to bother reading the site. I, myself, didn't read many of the comments, because the few that I did were all rubbish. To be honest, I don't believe over 90% of the page, because most of them are rubbish. The only one here that seems sincere is the Daniel Bester Inc. post.

    I'll also have you know that Mr. Gates does not like having his name used on websites like these, because a lot of the people may actually believe that he is posting here. I am not going to provide an e-mail link to Mr. Gates because I'm sure that even if this website does have a spam filter it probably isn't very good. I have provided my own e-mail for any questions regarding Mr. Gates availability but don't ask me if you can talk to him, or for anything about employment or new computers and software.

    Sincerely, Matthew Steel

  97. Deane says:

    There is no way in hell that last post is legit. I'm willing to bet that Matthew Steel is a 13-year-old who craves attention.

  98. Damn Straight! says:

    If the post by "Matthew Steel'' IS genuine then Bill Gates is in urgent need of surgery...

    'Cause even by Micro$haft standards, Matty is way too far up his bosses ass!!

    • Lisa Dove.
  99. George Bush says:

    Although I have access to an almost un-ending supply of money, the U.S. treasury could use a few billion. If you would be so kind, Mr. Gates, to transfer the money into my personal account. Details will be in the email I sent you.

    George W. Bush, President of the United States of America

    P.S. Vote for me over that Kerry idiot, will 'ya?

  100. Anonymous says:

    Why would a man of modest income give his money away?

    We have an author named Thomas Cannon (referred to as "The Poor Man's Philanthropist) who is a retired postal worker of modest means who awards gifts of $1,000 to deserving individuals. He has appeared on Oprah (as part of her Angel Network), Nightline, Inside Edition, etc. He has been doing this for over 25 years. He is currently writing his story, about why he gives and how others can adopt the philanthropist spirit.

    Hopefully this will encourage others to give freely of time, money or whatever they can spare.

    Palari Publishing www.palaribooks.com

  101. Serge Robidas says:

    Please donate some money to my high school. Our schoool board is going to go broke because they dont have enough money, so some of our schools are going to get closed. I go t o a small high school, and they're going to close it, because not enough kids go there. I know I live in Canada, but please help my school. I really like Microsoft!

    =)

  102. Bleugggghhhh! says:

    You're in luck! Yes YOU!
    Many generous Nigerians have offered me 30 % of their multi-million dollar fortunes! I am currently awaiting delivery of no less than 38 TRUNK BOXES packed with spoondoolicks!

    Sure there is a DELAY and there are HITCHES....but as soon as I empty my bank account to cover all their costs...I will be RICH!

    If anyone wants a share of my imminent fortune, just post a message on this board, with the words "THANKYOU AT LEAST 419 TIMES OVER!!!!!" ]

  103. I am a It trainee in the Heart Institute in East Africa.

    I would like to give Mr. Bill Gates a lot of thanks for what he has made the world to be linked. I real want to learn Microsoft studies, but i do not have enough fund to do this. I have been making varieties of projects from different microsoft programming Languages. Our Institute is a Non governmental Organization that deals with treatment of muscles, Chest, Heart and other related deseases. Also is the only Heart Center in East Africa that Perform Open-Heart Surgery.

    If you can help me some money for developing my Computer knowledge.

    Thank you,

    Damas

  104. Anonymous says:

    If Bill Gates gave away a penny for to every stupid person who begged him for money, he'd be poor right now.

    Stop asking him for money or help!!! He is not going to give to you!! Wake Up Homos!!

    He's got better things to do with his money! Who knows, half of you might be lying anyway. If you think Bill is gonna waist his time reading all this shit, then ur wrong.

  105. Anonymous says:

    HALF of them might be lying??? Have you actually READ through these sob-stories? They're ALL lying! Except the ones who are taking the piss. Like me. BTW why the wake-up call for Homos? Do many of them sleep at your place or what?

  106. pegi says:

    hi Mr. Bill Gates I am from Iran.I live with my parent. we have a hard life.we don't have any thing in this world. we don't have any house. my father has a bad desease.I need a surgury operation but there is no money for that.I lost my self-reliance. I just cry every day.I please u help us.you can save our life. I like to have a good life like other girls, we like to have a house,car,computer,and so many things.I like to put nice cloths too.but we can not.for God's sake help us.I lost my hope.all of us are depressed.please help us.can I have your phone number?I like to speak to u directly.

  107. Bobby M.Brent says:

    Mr. Bill Gates,my name is Bobby Brent.I have and idea,for an invention.It, saves lives.My e-mail is bobbybrentice@yahoo.com.

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