Bill Gates may be one of the richest men in the world, but he’ll have to wait in line for a burger just like the rest of us.
The burger-loving billionaire was spotted waiting in a line at Dick’s Drive-In in Seattle last weekend, to the delight of fellow customers.
The American business magnate with a fortune of $95.5 billion was seen wearing a red sweater, gray pants and black sneakers as he waited with his hands in his pockets for his burger order on Sunday.
The meal would have cost the billionaire just $7.68 thanks to the drive-in’s cheap prices where a deluxe burger costs $3.40, fries $1.90, and a large Coke $2.38.
With his hands in his pockets and a thousand-yard “I need a Deluxe and fries” stare on his face, Gates was photographed standing in the bright neon glow of the famed fast-food franchise.
The image was said to be captured by Paul Rich at the Dick’s location on Northeast 45th Street in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, around 7 p.m. last Sunday.
Rich, who has worked for Microsoft for more than 20 years and is currently a principal program manager in Azure Security, said that he was not terribly surprised to see Gates at Dick’s, but that it seemed like one of the world’s richest people was there alone.
“He ordered a cheeseburger, fries and Coke,” said Rich, who has been going to the beloved fast-food franchise every week or so for about five years. “It’s mainly because my kids love their food, and I was there with my son, Joon, to pick up dinner for him and his little brother.”
Gates mingling with the Northwest everyman is not a new phenomenon, despite his immense wealth and celebrity status. But seeing him at Dick’s is a bit of a surprise, because Burgermaster has long been a favorite of his.
Microsoft’s first Seattle-area office, in Bellevue, was near a Burgermaster, and Gates and team would frequent that establishment.
Gates and his wife Melinda have also been spotted in the past at the now-shuttered Harvard Exit movie theater in Capitol Hill, among other locations.
In 2011, during an appearance at the University of Washington, Gates told students that being a billionaire can be overrated. And he brought up burgers.
“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that,” Gates said. “But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger. Dick’s has not raised their prices enough.”
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