Gates too rich for tax computer to handle

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, said the tax office in the US has to store his financial data on a special computer because his fortune is so vast.

“My tax return in the United States has to be kept on a special computer because their normal computers can’t deal with the numbers,” he said at a Microsoft conference held in Lisbon.

“So I am constantly getting these notices telling me I haven’t paid something when really it is just on the wrong computer,” he added in comments broadcast on television.

“Then they will send me another notice telling me how bad they feel they that they sent me a notice that was a mistake,” he said

Gates’s fortune is put at 47 billion dollars (38.9 billion euros), according to the latest list of the world’s rich published by Forbes magazine.

Last month Time magazine named Gates and his wife Melinda, along with rock star Bono, its “Persons of the Year” for 2005, citing their charitable work and activism aimed at reducing global poverty and improving world health.

The couple’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a 29 billion dollar endowment making it the world’s biggest charity.


I wonder what kind of a small variable they must have allotted for the calculations? Or is Gates breaching the 32 bit barrier? Maybe they should get to double data for calculations and ‘approximately’ tax Gates!! Can’t see how ‘salaries’ could ever trouble even a 32-bit computer?! I guess that’s another reason to hire Indian programmers… or maybe Microsoft could provide an open-source tax software to the US Government. Closed source, and maybe it’ll tax Gates less 😀


2 thoughts on “Gates too rich for tax computer to handle

  1. But what about using ‘double’ for calculation? That’s what I was hinting. Otherwise, they must switch to 64-bit integer calculation, that would more than suffice to handle all the money in the world!

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