Thursday 26 April 2018

Billionaire Bill Gates revealed as Secret Santa and gives stuffed animal to stunned girl

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Imagine if your secret Santa turned out to be one of the world’s richest men: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

What would you get for Christmas?

The Reddit user who got Gates as her secret Santa, known only as Rachel on the site, had hoped for makeup, nail polish and an iPad for Reddit’s annual gift exchange.

She said she even felt sorry for her secret Santa who “sounded like a friendly fellow”  - who had a long list to choose from.

To her surprise, she got a stuffed animal. She was further gobsmacked when she found out her gift giver was Bill Gates.

She said, in a Reddit post: “I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow.”

Reddit user Rachel with her National Geographic tome, which billionaire Bill Gates gave to her. Credit: redditgifts.com
Reddit user Rachel with her National Geographic tome, which billionaire Bill Gates gave to her. Credit: redditgifts.com

“In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wishlist full of makeup, nail polish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly, I felt bad for this ‘Bill.’”

Then she opened her package and read the card.

“The first thing I noticed was a stuffed animal,” she said in her post. “I didn’t know I gave off the stuffed animal vibe, but I excitedly added him to my collection of teddy bears and other delightful friendly creatures. Next, I found the card. To me, from Bill.”

Then, she read the card.

Mr Gates wrote: "My secret present to you is a cow."

But he said: "Don't worry - you will not have to build a barn. This cow will be given to a family in need, in your name..."

"It will provide them with income and dairy products, and it will help them help themselves."

Rachel said on Reddit how she “freaked” when she saw Mr Gates’s thank-you note.

“I am so very, very grateful for the amazing and thoughtful gift you have picked for me! Not only is the gift PERFECT from anyone, but I am sincerely very appreciative that you took the time to find something so fitting for me,” she wrote.

The philanthropist billionaire also gave Rachel the National Geographic’s “Journeys of a Lifetime.”

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