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Bill Gates wears cheap Rs 670 watch, is a strict father - says, money does not buy happiness

Arguably the father of the technological revolution that led to the current digital age, Bill Gates leads an austere life, unlike the other tech barons his Microsoft has spawned.  He wears a simple run down $10 (Rs 670) Casio watch and still relishes as cheap as they come hamburgers from fast food chains McDonalds and Burger King.

Arguably the father of the technological revolution that led to the current digital age, Bill Gates leads an austere life, unlike the other tech barons his Microsoft has spawned.

He wears a simple run down $10 (Rs 670) Casio watch and still relishes as cheap as they come hamburgers from fast food chains McDonalds and Burger King.

For years the richest man in the world, Gates and his wife of thirteen years Melinda has spent a sizeable portion of their fortune in helping the poor and needy of the world through the Gates Foundation.

Currently valued at over $87 billion, the duo plan to donate most of their wealth to charity, instead of passing it on to their three children, Jennifer (20), Rory (17) and Phoebe (14). 

The reason behind it is simple – they do not believe money is the key to happiness and want their children to make it on their own, instead of being handed everything on a platter.

At home too, Gates strives his best to offer his children a normal upbringing. Sometimes, he is much stricter than the average parent in America.

His three children, for example, did not have access to mobile phones till they turned fourteen, a somewhat ironical stance for the founder of Microsoft, reports Mirror.

Even then, the time they can spend with their phones is limited – a no-screen deadline ensures that they go to bed on time. Phones are not allowed in the dining table as well.

The key word of his parenting philosophy is balance - phones are good if used in moderation to connect to friends or sort out homework, but should not turn into addiction. 

 

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