That's not an opening gambit for a debate: it's true.
Pitifully routine reporting of Bill's appearance on the ABC the other night is unfortunate. Watching Gates in action, on any topic, reveals a mature, fast thinking, brilliant man. I almost fantasized about having politicians or business leaders of his caliber running the joint. Almost. It won't ever happen. Why torture myself? That's what our politicians are for.
Gates also showed himself to be honest, self-aware and funny.
Mr Gates was also quizzed on whether giving a reported $US10 million to each of his four children meant that he had lost perspective of how much money was worth.
He said he had "absolutely" lost perspective of a number of things in life.
"I haven't mowed the lawn for a long time," Mr Gates joked. "I forget what it's like. I do wash the dishes every night, so there are certain rituals that are worth maintaining."
Bill Gates - still doing the dishes