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Bill Gates IQ

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Bill Gates is obviously one of the most famous people on the planet. Having been one of the founders of Microsoft and having led them to a huge level of success until 2000 he remains one of the wealthiest people on the planet. He is also one of the leaders of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is a charity that helps improve living conditions in the developing world. 

What is Bill Gates’ I.Q.? He achieved an S.A.T. score of 1590/1600 which translates to an I.Q. of 160. He also passed the Harvard University exam. This puts him on the same level as Albert Einstein. His accomplishments are very well known because he basically put the P.C. into every middle-class home in the world. This helped break the computer into the mainstream market and made it one of the most important industries in the world. He will go down in history as a game-changer, equivalent to what Henry Ford did for cars or what George Eastman did for cameras.

This took considerable acumen, considering the lack of funds that they had when they started out. The first T.V. computer games came out in the 1970’s so starting Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen was the perfect time to do this. It took vision and drive to deliver relatively cheap computer operating systems to the right people at the right time and Bill Gates did this. Microsoft is now one of three U.S.publicly traded  companies that are worth over $3 trillion USD.

This high I.Q. level is not matched by his personal skills. He played golf with President Clinton and he didn’t really hit it off with him. Soon Clinton launched an antitrust lawsuit in the late 1990s against Microsoft and this forced Gates to give testimony by video. His testimony was so bad that it made the presiding judge laugh at him and so Microsoft paid the price in the form of a settlement with the U.S. government. This marked the end of Gates’ career in computer technology as it was no longer sustainable for him to continue leading the company. It is his inability to connect with people that have limited his career choices and made a career in politics out of the question.

What earnt the respect of a lot of people was his charity work. By concentrating on improving the health of people from poor countries he has rehabilitated his reputation. By addressing his mind on this subject, he soon reached the conclusion that the best thing that could happen to the poor is if they had access to clean, running water. Part of this problem is access to toilets which always leads to a massive cut in communicable diseases. To that end they inaugurated the ‘’Reinvent the Toilet Challenge and Expo’’. Such concentration on a very basic matter is unusual for a billionaire and it is to his credit that he worked out what needs to be done. 

Recently his name has become controversial again due to the advice he has given due to the Covid-19 crisis. This has been seen as overbearing and paternalistic by some and some protestors have been calling for his arrest. Since he is not an accredited medical professional he is taking a risk each time he speaks on this issue. This has happened at the same time that the foundation that he helps to run is donating $250 million USD to fight the disease. All this happened despite his warning that the biggest threat to the world was a global pandemic and not war. Because the world has not experienced a global pandemic in 100 years few governments were prepared for the disease.

What is the future for Bill Gates? It should see him being a billionaire philanthropist who occasionally chimes in with some useful advice. But his continuing problem is that he is unable to communicate his messages effectively by making people listen to them. This is the core frustration for him. This is the next piece of the puzzle that his considerable I.Q. should be able to solve. Einstein was able to convince President Roosevelt to start the Manhattan project because he was a relatively modest man while anytime a billionaire speaks it will automatically be treated with suspicion.

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Nick Hanlon

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