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Gates/Seinfeld isn't Bill's first foray into commercials

Bill Gates is now pitching Microsoft products with the help of Jerry Seinfeld. Bill's no stranger to the acting stage. Here's an ad he did in the 90's for Coke.

Bill Gates is now pitching Microsoft products with the help of Jerry Seinfeld. Bill's no stranger to the acting stage though. Here's an ad he did  in the 90s for Coke.

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The Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld ads have certainly gotten some attention lately, even if they haven't made much sense yet. The first one was bizarre, but the second one seems much funnier. Hopefully it's the start of a good trend. For $300 million, they better get SOMETHING out of the deal.

This video shows that Bill Gates is used to a little bit of self-deprecating humor in the face of pitching a product. Filmed in the mid-90s this one features Bill pitching a product other than his own, in this case Coca-Cola. However, if you pay attention, you'll see a Windows 95 screen saver. Plus, at the beginning it looks like he's working on an Excel spreadsheet.

I guess if Bill winds up needing some money now that he's in retirement, he can always take up acting as a career.

2 comments
jgreene
jgreene

...why every building at Microsoft provides free Pepsi (and Coke)for it's employees. BillG doesn't like to carry cash...

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

We don't get free sodas here at TechRepublic, but we do get them for 25 cents so that's not too bad. I've read several books about Bill and supposedly he's naturally tight with a dollar. There's one book which relates the story of him going to a grocery store to purchase some ice cream and holding up the checkout line looking for a coupon. He took so long that someone in line gave him the money he would have saved. Supposedly he took it and left.

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