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Man Bids $35,000 to Get Inside Bill Gates' House

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How much would you pay to see the inside of Bill Gates' home?

Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is a very charitable man. TechFlash reports that each year the company Gates founded runs a charitable giving campaign. Part of this campaign sees the staff donate products, services and experiences for their fellow employees to bid on during a charity auction. Every year, Bill offers a tour of his Lake Washington home -- and this year the winning bid was astonishingly high.

Last year the tour of Bill's pad went for $8,500. Given that Microsoft matches all the donations, that's a very generous $17,000 for charity. However, bidding this year went well over $17,000. The winning employee bid $35,000, bagging himself a tour with Bill Gates as his guide and appetizers afterward.

TechFlash reports that other items up for auction include the "world's best bologna sandwich," which went for $500, double what it sold for last year.

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    sunflier , November 12, 2009 3:10 PM
    Bill should sell (5) new Windows 7 retail boxes with a "Gold Ticket" inside.


    `Bill Gates and the Microsoft Factory.
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    lemonade4 , November 12, 2009 3:13 PM
    lol @ willy wonka reference
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    ssalim , November 12, 2009 3:17 PM
    That's a rich employee!
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    chowmanga , November 12, 2009 2:59 PM
    Its good to hear about people giving back to the community, especially in this economy.
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    sunflier , November 12, 2009 3:10 PM
    Bill should sell (5) new Windows 7 retail boxes with a "Gold Ticket" inside.


    `Bill Gates and the Microsoft Factory.
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    lemonade4 , November 12, 2009 3:13 PM
    lol @ willy wonka reference
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    JPHD , November 12, 2009 3:15 PM
    @sunflier

    lmao!! that was a good one.
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    ssalim , November 12, 2009 3:17 PM
    That's a rich employee!
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    gwolfman , November 12, 2009 3:17 PM
    sunflierBill should sell (5) new Windows 7 retail boxes with a "Gold Ticket" inside.`Bill Gates and the Microsoft Factory.

    That's an amazing idea. I know they'd sell like hotcakes... wait, what do pancakes have to do with M$?
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    ssalim , November 12, 2009 3:40 PM
    So what, 5 figure range. He's doing it often. What do you want him to do, donate 55 billion all at once?
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    chowmanga , November 12, 2009 3:47 PM
    soo-nah-meeBill Gates gives more to U.S. education then all other U.S. companies combined. That said, does anybody find it a little confusing that a man worth $56 billion is dabbling with contributions in the 5 figure range?


    It wasn't his money, it was an employee's money. If Bill's already donating more for education than anyone else as you said, why ask him for more? I think Bill shows that even wealthy people are still human and can be humble.
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2009 3:50 PM
    not really. its not like he has $56B in cash or anything. its all tied up in equity.
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    rooket , November 12, 2009 3:54 PM
    soo-nah-meeBill Gates gives more to U.S. education then all other U.S. companies combined. That said, does anybody find it a little confusing that a man worth $56 billion is dabbling with contributions in the 5 figure range?


    I don't, as long as it is all going to charity it is a good thing. Doesn't look like Bill is pocketing it. Bill Gates is the only wealthy person I can think of who has a big heart. Most people with a lot of wealth you never ever hear about them trying to help anyone out besides their personal fat bank account. There's still a lot of argument these days from the rich "why do I have to help these people out when it was ME that got myself into this position in the first place" they need to realize that they have a tremendous more money in the bank than anyone on the planet would ever really need to have. Helping others out isn't a bad thing. The same rich people wonder why people who make 5 figures can't afford to help out the poor. I find that very hypocritical.
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    guess who , November 12, 2009 4:17 PM
    There are MANY rich philanthropists in the US. Gates is just the highest profile one. Buffet is just as generous.

    What the US does have also an an abundance of self centered, egotistical, narcissistic superstars, both of the sports and movie/music variety.
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    buwish , November 12, 2009 4:22 PM
    At least it was for charity.
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    tester24 , November 12, 2009 4:29 PM
    guess whoThere are MANY rich philanthropists in the US. Gates is just the highest profile one. Buffet is just as generous.What the US does have also an an abundance of self centered, egotistical, narcissistic superstars, both of the sports and movie/music variety.


    I second that one, how many of these millionair football stars that unfortunate children look up to blow away millions and are left poor after a few years of retirement. Could at least see some of that money going to charitable organizations. That being said I know there are plenty of players that do but most don't.
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    tester24 , November 12, 2009 4:35 PM
    chowmangaIt wasn't his money, it was an employee's money. If Bill's already donating more for education than anyone else as you said, why ask him for more? I think Bill shows that even wealthy people are still human and can be humble.


    Also it's not like he got his riches scamming people like Madoff (which some morons would try to argue windows is scam). But seriosly he does donate a lot of time and money to a bunch of charities.
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    tester24 , November 12, 2009 4:38 PM
    crap why doesn't the quotes work properly, it should copy the entire message in not just the lastest quote...
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    jerther , November 12, 2009 4:40 PM
    "Work for me for free for a whole year, and you'll get to see my house!"
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    wildwell , November 12, 2009 5:03 PM
    tester24I second that one, how many of these millionair football stars that unfortunate children look up to blow away millions and are left poor after a few years of retirement. Could at least see some of that money going to charitable organizations. That being said I know there are plenty of players that do but most don't.

    So many of these millionaire athletes just don't have the cash to spare for charities... at least after dividing up all the child support payments.
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    tester24 , November 12, 2009 5:21 PM
    wildwellSo many of these millionaire athletes just don't have the cash to spare for charities... at least after dividing up all the child support payments.


    You're right
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    pharge , November 12, 2009 5:43 PM
    Every time when I hear about this kind of news. I just can not help to think about those fat cats in the Wall Street. They can paid big when companies are earning money... and they still get paid big while companies are lving on Gov support (or Tax payer money!) while only very few of them (if any) have given back anything significant to the community!

    I may not like MS's business practice or some of its product. But I definetly give a +++ plus to Mr Gate's contributation to the community, specially the Bill Gates Fundation!
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