Is Bill Gates getting lovable?

This picture from July 1959 shows Mary (Maxwell) Gates and her 3 1/2-year-old son, Bill, in a picture that first appeared on the pages of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
This picture from July 1959 shows Mary (Maxwell) Gates and her 3 1/2-year-old son, Bill, in a picture that first appeared on the pages of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
MOHAI, Seattle PI

I had to laugh when Jake Ellison, a friend and colleague who (again) works for SeattlePI.com, called to ask me that question.

“Would you say Bill Gates is getting more lovable?” Jake asked, saying he intended to quote me. I assumed he was going to edit out the profanity and also that I would be one of many. Little did I know my answers would become the backbone of his story.

Fair enough. I believe in the new media approach of transparency, and the obligation journalists have to stop hiding behind the pretense of objectivity. Spoiler alert: I do think Trey’s public image is getting to be somewhat lovable. But I’m not sure he’ll like hearing that….

PIlogoIs Bill Gates becoming more ‘lovable,’ like his dad?

By JAKE ELLISON, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
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Bill Gates III, or “Trey” as his family and staff calls him, is undergoing one of those revolutions in popular personal appeal that seems to us all the more miraculous because he is the richest man in the United States and second in the world.

After all, it’s not like he has to give a damn.

Story rundown

  • A willful combative youth whose “fighting against discipline” drove his family into counseling for more than a year …
  • A hyper-focused book reader who had to be weaned from reading during dinner …
  • A college dropout who then became a leader of the software revolution that has changed the world …
  • A mogul demonized as the robber-baron of the computer age who stood unabashed under the full weight of the U.S. federal government for years during an antitrust suit…

… to the genuine-seeming, humor-enjoying,  57-year-old mega-do-gooder who spends nearly all of his time and money helping the poorest of the poor and rallying the world’s rich to give away their money instead of handing it down to their kids.

But is he lovable?

Read the revealing rest of Jake’s story at SeattlePI
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Editor Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom-at-humanosphere.org, follow him on Twitter @tompaulson and/or send a comment below.