What Is Bill Gates's Email Address?

You Can Email Bill Gates, and He Might Even Respond

Bill Gates July 2014
Bill Gates July 2014. Wikimedia Commons
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Do you want to email Bill Gates an important message? One thing you might not know about Bill Gates is that unlike other high-profile people, his email address is publicly available.

You can rest assured that somebody - maybe even Bill Gates himself if your email warrants it - will read your message and possibly reply.

Bill Gates' Email Address

You can send Bill Gates an email at billg@microsoft.com.

On July 16, 1982, a new local area network connected all of the development machines in the Microsoft offices. Called the MILAN, this brought a new, improved email system to the company. As has become common in corporations, email addresses were assigned by name, with Bill's being billg. This later developed into his current email.

To contact the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, send an email to info@gatesfoundation.org.

Will Bill Gates Read and Reply to My Email?

Your email to Bill Gates will be read; it's just a matter of who will read it first. It's most likely that the first to see it will be someone at Gates' office and not Bill Gates. However, key emails may be forwarded to him personally.

Keep in mind that Gates is a busy man, so you might not even get a reply at all. It is, of course, not entirely impossible; a few people have reported getting quick responses from Gates over the years.

Though not as common as Steve Jobs' emails, a few of Gates' email replies have been made public.

  • Way back in 1994, author John Seabrook had a very interesting and lengthy email correspondence while working on a story for The New Yorker. The new form of communication was still in its infancy and the conversation focused on the importance of email. In it, Gates made some profound predictions. His advice for keeping calm when using it is great advice to this day: "Email is not a good way to get mad at someone since you can’t interact."

More Information on Contacting Bill Gates

You can follow the former Microsoft CEO on his blog at GatesNotes.com to keep up on his latest adventure and what causes he cares about.

Bill Gates has also been known to converse with the public through Reddit AMAs, such as this "Ask Me Anything" thread. While you can private message Bill Gates on Reddit through his carefully chosen username thisisbillgates, it's probably even less likely that he'll respond than if you email him.

Surprisingly, Bill Gates does not get as many emails as you might think. He told US Today in 2013 that he only receives about "40 or 50 emails a day."

The Bill Gates Email Scam

If you get an email from Bill Gates stating that he wants to give you money, it's a scam. Names as big as Bill Gates are commonly used by scammers to grab your attention in hopes of getting your money, and this one has been circulating for years.

Gates is known for his philanthropy, but that doesn't mean he sends random people emails offering millions of dollars.