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Bill Gates is pretty bad at guessing grocery prices

Bill Gates The Ellen De Generes Show Bill Gates is pretty bad at guessing grocery prices
Nellie Chapman | 23 February, 2018, 02:14

Gates appeared for the first time on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, and some good-spirited wackiness occurred as the TV host asked the Microsoft co-founder to guess the prices of five items found in the supermarket. But, Gates didn't lose all the rounds completely-when presented with dental floss, he said, "This is my best chance with this one", which he predicted correctly as he guessed $4 (it costs $3.78).

Despite his lack of knowledge of prices, the audience still got their prize-an invitation back to the show where actual prizes will be given away.

Fortunately for the audience, after several guesses, they eventually got their prizes.

What Gates has that the other billionaires may not also have, though, is "a trampoline room", he told DeGeneres.

"When was the last time you have been to a supermarket?"

He thought a $20 container of Tide Pods cost $4 and gave a wildly exorbitant guess at the cost of a bag of Totino's Pizza Rolls.

Ellen asked him what he thought the prices of Rice-A-Roni, Tide Pods, dental floss, pizza rolls and spinach dip.

We're guessing the packaged rice mix isn't served much in Gates' $100-plus million Lake Washington estate near Seattle.

In classic Gates fashion, the 62-year-old billionaire downplayed his wealth, noting that "I just loved doing software" and "I was stunned when it ended up being so valuable".

Gates is worth an estimated $91.8 billion.