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Woman's secret Santa turns out to be Bill Gates

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:10 p.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013

SEATTLE » One woman's secret Santa this holiday season turned out to be one of the richest men in the world: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

The gift exchange happened through the website Reddit's secret Santa event, in which users swap presents across the country.

A spokesman for Gates confirmed he participated. Spokesman John Pinette says the billionaire philanthropist wanted to engage with Reddit's community and promote Heifer International, a foundation that provides seeds and animals to people in need in the developing world.

The woman, identified only as Rachel, wrote in a blog post that she was surprised to find out Gates was her Secret Santa. She received a stuffed cow toy, a signed card, a National Geographic travel book and a $500 donation to Heifer International in her name.

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2NDC wrote:
So much for "secret" Santa. :-(
on December 19,2013 | 10:44PM
cojef wrote:
Wonder if Gates wanted the publicity?? For a $500 gift, no, for something bigger, yes.
on December 20,2013 | 07:38AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
To Santa Gates: If you really want to make a difference in this world, why not make your software products affordable to the poor? There are many poor families with children who cannot afford to buy your software tools such as office. Children from poor families start off at a disadvantage right at the start. While their peers from well-to-do parents have all the tools necessary to succeed, children from poverty cannot even own a computer from which to do their homework. It disheartens me when I hear of children asking for just simple things such as underwear for Christmas just so that they can have clean underwear to wear to school. It's nice that our country sends money and gifts to other countries but our country needs to take care of its people first.
on December 20,2013 | 08:05AM
jduyun wrote:
Bill and Melinda Gates are the biggest philanthropists in the WORLD. Each year, Gates gives 10 digit donations of his own money! He's given away nearly $30 BILLION in his lifetime. That's basically half of his money he's ever made in life! Teaching, learning and innovation are three of the areas of focus his foundation aims for here in the US. I am sure out of the billions his foundation spends, they make it a point that MSFT products are made accessible to children in needy school systems. Gates is the Chairman of the board for MSFT-- MSFT products are not "his products." He can't just decide to do a pricecut on a product. His only priority lies in serving the shareholders' long-term interests. Please do some research before calling out a man who is not just the richest, but also one of the most generous.
on December 20,2013 | 08:59AM
serious wrote:
Can't agree more, but since he left, the stock could use a little help. Just imagine at the start of the 90's when MSFT and CSCO were splitting 2-1 every three months and I held on to my AT&T since I couldn't figure out what they were doing???
on December 20,2013 | 09:59AM
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on December 20,2013 | 10:30AM
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