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Q1: Should the post-nominal "KBE" appear after Gates's name in the introduction? (No.)
A1: No. According to the Manual of Style, post-nominals should be omitted unless the article subject is closely associated with the issuing country. Gates's honorary knighthood is mentioned along with honors from several other countries in the "Recognition" section.
Q2: Is the article too favorable toward Gates? (Be more specific.)
A2: This article is about Bill Gates as a person, not Microsoft as a company. There is a whole article, Criticism of Microsoft, dealing with the latter. If you believe the article is too favorable to Gates as a person, please be specific about what the article says or does not say.
Bill Gates has been listed as one of the Engineering and technology good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
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March 19, 2006Peer reviewReviewed
April 1, 2006Good article nomineeListed
September 2, 2006Articles for deletionSpeedily kept
April 6, 2008Featured article candidateNot promoted
September 22, 2008Good topic candidateNot promoted
October 13, 2008Good article reassessmentKept
November 1, 2019Good article reassessmentKept
Article Collaboration and Improvement Drive This article was on the Article Collaboration and Improvement Drive for the week of November 27, 2005.
Current status: Good article

Semi-protected edit request on 13 January 2018Edit

Change "Big Blue" to "IBM" to make it more obvious it's the same company. Reasoning: For those unaware of the nickname, it's a bit confusing. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:55, 14 January 2018‎ (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 October 2019Edit

The goal is to provide 120 million women and girls in the poorest countries with high-quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies with the longer-term goal of universal access to voluntary family planning. [1] 24Mikhail (talk) 06:53, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Is this something you want added? Where do you want it added? Please be specific when requesting edits. NiciVampireHeart 07:09, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Add the above text to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation section to show the goal of the foundation 24Mikhail (talk) 12:00, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

  Done Have now added. Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 12:06, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Community reassessmentEdit

Bill GatesEdit

Article (edit | visual edit | history) · Article talk (edit | history) · WatchWatch article reassessment page • GAN review not found
Result: Kept Issues dealt with AIRcorn (talk) 09:04, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

This article was listed as GA just over 10 years ago. However, since then we've got a few issues:

  • Criticism section affecting neutrality
  • Recognition section structured with bullet points and not prose
  • External business ventures and investments structured with bullet points
  • Personal life / personal donations sections with short paragraphs and doesn't flow very well
  • In media section lavishly bullet pointed with little explanation/description. Wondering how relevant it is.
  • Sources - there's a Facebook source (unreliable) and potentially other errors down there — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lizzy150 (talkcontribs) 10:18, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

Update from me - I've been cleaning up the article myself so this should hopefully be recovered. Phew! Just Lizzy(talk) 12:54, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Hey Lizzy150 are you happy that this is up to standard now? AIRcorn (talk) 21:42, 15 January 2020 (UTC)

Yes, I think it's safe to remove this reassessment. Article is in better shape and can be brought back to GA. Thanks. Just Lizzy(talk) 22:48, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

Extent of air travelEdit

I have tried to add the following new short paragraph in the "Criticism" section. One user reverted this, arguing: "drop unbalanced attack on living person. It makes no mention that he generates far less auto pollution than 1000 ordinary Americans". I cannot really follow this argument. The paragraph is about flying, not driving cars. And even if he really drives less car than 1000 ordinary Americans (I don't know whether he does), his flights alone still caused at least 1600 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2017. This is what about 1000 Americans cause in total (flights plus other emissions) per year. How could mentioning his "auto pollution" ever make this look more balanced? Compared to Gates' flight emissions, average emissions from driving cars are tiny and, therefore, even if Gates didn't drive at all in 2017 (what we don't know), that wouldn't have changed his balance much. My paragraph as follows in italics. Flugscham (talk) 19:42, 4 November 2019 (UTC) A study conducted by the [[University of Lund]] revealed that, in the year 2017 alone, Gates undertook 59 flights in private jets, which translates into at least 200,000 air miles or 1,600 tonnes of CO<sub>2</sub> emissions in that year. His [[jet-setting]] habits mean that he produces about 10,000 times more carbon emissions from flying than the average person. The data was mined based on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts) and other reports.<ref></ref> Being confronted to the fact of being a [[super-emittent]] while being committed to climate action and overcoming the [[climate crisis]], Gates referred to the extent of his air travel as a "guilty pleasure".<ref></ref>

Semi-protected edit request on 17 November 2019Edit

As of November 9, 2019, Gates had a net worth of $107.1 billion, still ranked second. As of November 17, 2019, Gates had a net worth of $110 billion, and regained number one richest man status. ( Dlane2008 (talk) 12:56, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

  Not done. It's not clear what changes you want to make; please make a precise request. –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 14:07, 17 November 2019 (UTC)


With the recent press release announcing progress by Heliogen, is it time to create an article on Heliogen? Thanks! --Lbeaumont (talk) 12:29, 26 November 2019 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 December 2019Edit (talk) 16:26, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

Bill gates are very talented person

  Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. aboideautalk 16:28, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
Are they all equally talented, one wonders. Martinevans123 (talk) 16:38, 27 December 2019 (UTC)

Jeff Bazos is mentioned 3 times in Bill Gates' leadEdit

Seems better to just write the years Gates was the richest person, rather than keep mentioning specific times Bazos passed him. (talk) 16:32, 27 December 2019 (UTC)

I disagree. I think the lead section is perfectly clear. Martinevans123 (talk) 16:38, 27 December 2019 (UTC)
I'd be fine with leaving Jeff in the lede, but I think its a little overly long. Perhaps something shorter along the lines of "since then, the title has passed back and forth". Zero Serenity (talk - contributions) 17:05, 27 December 2019 (UTC)
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