Software king of the world, and sworn enemy of the mosquito Sir William Gates III is a master of disguise and moves among his subjects invisibly.
In response to a question during his annual Reddit ask me anything session, Microsoft magnet Gates says that it doesn’t take too much for him to blend in with the crowd.
“I sometimes wear a hat. For example when I did college tours with my son I wanted the focus to be totally on him. A lot less people recognise me when I have a hat on or else they realise I am trying to be incognito.”
He did not reveal the secret hat he uses and we suspect he can be found under a baseball cap.
The hat disguise is not exactly foolproof. But that’s okay, writes Gates: “Mostly when people do recognise me they are super nice so I don’t feel it is a burden to be noticed most of the time.”
Gates isn’t the only tech celebrity with a penchant for using hats as a disguise. Steve Jobs used to think he could disguise himself from the great unwashed by wearing a top hat. Of course, a top hat is going to attract attention but people saw it and assumed he was just a mad man and looked the other way.