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

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.

  • chowmanga
    Its good to hear about people giving back to the community, especially in this economy.
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  • sunflier
    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
    lol @ willy wonka reference
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  • JPHD
    @sunflier

    lmao!! that was a good one.
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  • ssalim
    That's a rich employee!
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  • gwolfman
    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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  • soo-nah-mee
    Bill 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?
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  • ssalim
    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
    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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  • not really. its not like he has $56B in cash or anything. its all tied up in equity.
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