Bill Gates is a loved and respected figure across the world thanks to his philanthropical work, and his $95.6 billion fortune means he can count himself as the second-richest person in the world.
But never has the Microsoft founder allowed his success to get to his head, with the 63-year-old known for his warm and humble demeanor, which was on display once again in Seattle this past weekend.
In a photo that has now gone viral, the business magnate can be seen patiently waiting in line at a Dick's Drive-In in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle on Sunday, January 13, with several other customers.
A meal at the franchise would have cost Gates all of $7.68 — a deluxe burger for $3.40, fries for $1.90, and a large coke for $2.38. To put into context how little that is for a man worth close to a $100 billion, his companies see him earn close to $115 every second.
Nonetheless, sporting a red sweater, gray pants, and black sneakers, the 63-year-old looked least bothered, much to the delight of netizens. The picture was first posted on a private group by Microsoft alum Mike Galos but quickly made its way around and now has over 17,000 likes and 15,000 shares.
Galos uploaded the snap with the caption, "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000, run the largest charity in the history of the world and stand in line for a burger, fries, and Coke at Dick's like the rest of us..." He added, "THIS is how real rich people behave unlike the gold toilet seat wannabe poser in the White House," taking a shot at president Donald Trump in the process.
"Bill's not big on attention but is generally friendly and understands he's a bit of a celebrity...I've chatted with him at parties before but on the street or in a restaurant I don't know him well enough to go over and say hi," he said in one of the comments, adding he also often ran into former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Galos also said he had run into Gates at Burgermaster on Northup and at a couple of Thai places in Bellevue and that both Burgermaster and Dick's were his favorites.
It was confirmed by the 63-year-old himself during an appearance at the University of Washington in 2011, according to the Daily Mail.
"I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there's a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that," he reportedly said. "But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it's the same hamburger. Dick's has not raised their prices enough."