This Is What World's Richest Man Bill Gates Would Tell His 19-Year-Old Self

Clue: it's not 'don't bother with those computer things'

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Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has taken part in a Reddit AMA in which he was asked the classic question posed to the rich and the successful: what advice would he give his younger self?

The 61-year-old's answer was charmingly geeky and perhaps a little revealing: "I would explain that smartness is not single dimensional and not quite as important as I thought it was back then."

Whether that's code for 'spend less time with computers and more time with girls' we're not 100% sure, but he continued:

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"I would say you might explore the developing world before you get into your forties.

"I wasn't very good socially back then but I am not sure there is advice that would fix that – maybe I had to be awkward and just grow up."

A relatively young Bill Gates in 1986, about to be hit in the head with a floppy disc
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All of which is rather sweet, before you remember the man you're patronising could afford to buy you, your entire life's possessions and everyone dear to you and blast it all into space a thousand times over if he could be bothered.

Elsewhere in the AMA, Gates covered his fav holiday spot (Australia) whether he could jump over a chair (probably not) and shared some interesting thoughts on social media:

"I felt sure that allowing anyone to publish information and making it easy to find would enhance democracy and the overall quality of political debate. However the partitioning you talk about which started on cable TV and might be even stronger in the digital world is a concern.

"We all need to think about how to avoid this problem. It would seem strange to have to force people to look at ideas they disagree with so that probably isn't the solution. We don't want to get to where American politics partitions people into isolated groups. I am interested in anyones suggestion on how we avoid this."

Well if it's got Bill stumped, we're not sure we can help. Read the full AMA here.