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Bill Gates Guesses Prices Of Supermarket Items... Fails

It was a week where Bill Gates’ reality was well and truly checked.

On Wednesday, while appearing on Ellen, host Ellen DeGeneres involved him in a segment called ‘Bill’s Grocery Bill’, which tested his knowledge of some everyday supermarket items.

Pretty straight forward, right?

The thing is, Gates is worth almost $US92 billion.

“When was the last time you’ve been to a supermarket?” DeGeneres asked Gates.

“A long time ago,” he replied.

“Right, this’ll be interesting,” DeGeneres said.

Five products were presented to Gates, The Price Is Right-style and he was asked to guess their prices. If he got within a dollar of the value of three of them, the audience would win something.

Things weren’t looking good from the, well, gate.

His first guess was over a box of Rice-A-Roni, which cost $US1.

Gates guessed it was $US5.

“What a bargain! I’ll take five,” he joked awkwardly.

Here’s how he fared on the rest of the quiz…

Tide Pods

Gates's answer: $10

Correct answer: $19.97

Dental floss

Gates's answer: $4

Correct answer: $3.78

Totino's pizza rolls

Gates's answer: $8

Correct answer: $8.98

T.G.I. Friday's spinach and artichoke dip

Gates's answer: $4

Correct answer: $3.66

He might be out of touch with groceries, but we can’t be too hard on him.

Gates spends more than $4 billion per year fighting disease, improving education, distributing vaccines and battling inequality around the world.

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