Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men in the entire world thanks to Microsoft, and his billions of dollars have meant that he doesn't have the best perspective on the prices of everyday goods. Gates recently dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat with Ellen, and she asked him to play a game in which he had to guess how much certain items cost at retail price. As you might expect of a billionaire who doesn't do his own grocery shopping, Gates didn't exactly ace all the questions. Take a look!
In the "Bill's Grocery Bills" game, Bill Gates was asked to guess the price of supermarket products. If he could accurately guess the prices within one dollar for three of the five products, the audience would win a prize. He admitted right away that it was "a long time ago" the last time he was in a supermarket, which was really the first big hint that he might not be so great at the game.
The first item he had to price in this video was a box of Rice-A-Roni, and he was only off by $4. He was much further off for his second item, which was a container of 72 Tide pods. According to Bill Gates, that container was worth a grand total of $4. He upped his guess to $10 after the audience groaned, which was at least closer to the real cost of $19.97. To his credit, he did manage to get the price for floss correctly without any prompting from either Ellen DeGeneres or the audience, but his hot streak didn't exactly last after he got to a bag of pizza rolls and an 8 oz. box of frozen spinach and artichoke dip. Fortunately, Ellen was set on giving her audience their special prize, so she dropped hints about these prices until Gates was able to make the right guess.
The audience was thrilled with the prize, so it was a good thing that Ellen allowed Bill Gates to cheat. The entire crowd will be brought back for Ellen's 12 Days Of Giveaways later this year. She didn't reveal whether or not Gates would be invited, but something tells me he doesn't rely on any freebies in the holiday season every year, even if he is an awesome Secret Santa partner.
All things considered, Bill Gates was a good sport about the game, and he bantered well enough with Ellen that he provided some laughs to viewers. While his comedic timing wasn't on par with Ellen's, it was solid enough that we can probably count on a fun performance from him in his upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory. We'll have to wait and see.
You can find Bill Gates on The Big Bang Theory in an episode later in Season 11. For more viewing options now and in the coming weeks, be sure to take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide, our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule, and our 2018 Amazon Prime rundown.
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