That Bill Gates, he's such a joker. Apparently you shouldn't bother attempting to be a billionaire like him; after a million, it's pretty much the same. I think Roman Abramovich might disagree, what with his frigate-sized yachts, but we get you Bill. [GeekWire via Gizmodo UK]
I have an idea. Bill Gates is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 billion. So, why couldn't he take half his fortune, find 25 average ordinary Americans, and give them each a billion dollars? Hell, turn it into a Willy Wonka-esque reality show: Gates' Billions. 25 contestants are selected, but only one will walk away with a billion dollars. The challenges are overseen by Bill Gates, but rather than being physical they test contestants' compassion, charitability, intelligence, resourcefulness, etc. in using that money to benefit mankind.
I would watch the fuck out of this.