Published On: Mon, Sep 26th, 2016

Bill Gates could do pretty well if he ran for President: study

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Bill Gates could do pretty well if he ran for President study

Clinton and Trump, by comparison, scored very low on average, with admiration from their own party but contempt from the other.

New York: Majority of Americans would vote for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates if he ran for President, for being more competent and warm than current party nominees in the fray, according to a new study.

Philadelphia-based Fidelum Partners, a research-based consulting and professional services firm asked 1,012 adults to rate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her Republican rival Donald Trump and other famous people on qualities related to warmth and competence.

The two traits have been shown by Princeton University social psychologist Susan Fiske and others to underlie many of people’s preferences, feeling admiration and loyalty to those considered both warm and competent, and contempt and rejection for those considered cold and incompetent.

Gates scored by far the highest on competence and second only to American comedian and Tv host Ellen DeGeneres on warmth, with similar support from both parties.

Clinton and Trump, by comparison, scored very low on average, with admiration from their own party but contempt from the other.

The study also asked how likely people would be to vote for different options.

Twenty-eight per cent said they would definitely vote for Gates, the same share that said they would definitely vote for Trump and higher than anyone except Clinton (33%) and Barack Obama (42% if he could run again).

Bill Gates continues to tackle global challenges as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation. In June at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit, his team created a chicken coop in a downtown Manhattan skyscraper, showcasing the importance that a few chickens can have in improving the quality of life for some of the world’s poorest people. In July, Gates gave the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Pretoria, South Africa, urging the continent to invest in its youth and promising that his foundation will invest $5 billion in Africa over the next five years. Gates, who stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in early 2014 but has remained a board member of the company he cofounded, owns roughly 2.5% of Microsoft, which accounts for just under 15% of his fortune. Other investments include stakes in Deere & Co., hygiene and water technology firm Ecolab, and car dealer Autonation. In January, Gates reportedly invested in Redmond, Wash.-based startup Kymeta, which is building tiny satellite antennas that could improve communications connectivity.

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle & Forbes

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