Bill Gates Was My Secret Santa!: Reddit User


The Internet can make for strange bedfellows. People with absolutely no relationship can meet randomly on the Internet and it can lead to a job offer or even a marriage. Apparently the Internet can even lead to an everyday Joe (or Josephine in this case) having a famous billionaire as her Secret Santa.

The whole story might sound too strange to be true, but the photo of Bill Gates holding the cute stuffed heifer and a donation certificate with Rachel’s name on it is pretty convincing evidence.

Rachel’s thoughts on “Bill”

Reddit user Rachel wasn’t too sure what to expect from an Internet Santa, but thought “Bill” seemed friendly. “I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow,” Rachel said in a post on Reddit. “In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wishlist full of makeup, nail polish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly I felt bad for this ‘Bill’…”

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The gifts

Not surprisingly, BIll Gates is no slouch as a Secret Santa. He not only made a donation (unspecified, but apparently substantial) in her name to Heifer International, a nonprofit organization that distributes livestock animals to people in impoverished areas around the globe, but also a signed copy of the coffee table travel book Journeys of a Lifetime.

Didn’t realize at first

Rachel is apparently a gift-focused person, as she claims she didn’t even notice “Bill” was Bill Gates until she had already put the cute stuffed heifer on the shelf with her other stuffed animals. “Wait … Time out … and then it finally hit me. All the presents I just tore open, the charity, then everything — was from Bill GATES,” Rachel penned. “I quickly went back to the book to see a really nice message and note from Bill wishing me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday (not pictured, because I really want to keep one part of this gift to myself) my jaw hit the EVER LOVING FLOOR. I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked.”