Gates Gets 4 Million E-Mails a Day

By | November 18, 2004

Being one of the richest men in the world probably has its upsides, but it most definitely has its downsides as well. One of those downsides is that Bill Gates receives roughly 4 million email messages a day. Or, to put it more clearly, he receives almost 50 email messages a second.

According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, most of those emails are spam. Could it be that Bill Gates single-handedly deals with more than 200M spam messages a year? Hardly, says Ballmer. Bill Gates has a veritable legion of secretaries which filter messages from him external address to his internal “here’s what you want to read” address.

Good thing too. Experts estimate that it takes an average user 5 seconds to process and deal with a spam message. While Bill Gates is certainly better than an average user, even at a paltry 1 second per message, after just one month Bill would have an astounding 118M emails still to deal with.

Obviously Microsoft has some of the most aggressive anti-spam software in the industry at their disposal and so these messages are not being dealt with by hand, however the value of emails in Bill’s day to day life cannot be ignored. If a single spam-like email that was a real email from a CEO of a large partner got through it could be disastrous.

Company insiders note, then, that Bill’s profile is set to the lowest possible anti-spam setting, and that a fairly large amount of email is still sifted through.

Perhaps Bill needs to get a Hotmail account to reduce the amount of spam he gets?

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