President Barack Obama blew up Reddit when he hosted an “Ask me anything” (AMA) on the social forum (AMA’s are a popular feature on the site). Monday afternoon (EST) into Tuesday morning Bill Gates was killing it on the website as well, but maybe with a little more laughter associated with his responses and the comments back to them.
The “I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AMA” — which we all know should read “I’m Bill Gates, richest American alive, AMA” — has some rather light-hearted questions, among serious ones, and equally hilarious comments to the responses from the inventor/business tycoon/philanthropist/second richest man in the whole world.
The top question — What is something that needs to be changed in the world, but money wont help? — received this response from Gates:
It would be nice if all governments were as rational as the Nordic governments – reaching compromise and providing services broadly. The Economist had a nice special section on this last week. Africa governments have often been weak but you can’t write a check to change that. Fortunately the average quality is going up. Mo Ibrahim tracks this in a great way. (http://www.moibrahimfoundation.org/IIAG/)
Interesting comments based on this response:
- Ponoru: Saying something positive about Scandinavia on reddit ensures upvotes.
- Dr_fish: I think just being Bill Gates ensures upvotes.
Another typical questions with a Gates-ish answer: What do you do for fun? I find it hard to fathom how someone like you can just disconnect. Disconnect from the emails, calls ,the media. All of it. What would be your definition of a chill and fun day?