Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
He's well known to generally think of himself as being the smartest person in any given room, with all that implies. I don't hate the man for any of this, I just mention it for perspective. Surface appearances aside, I don't think he's any more personable than, say, Steve Jobs.
It's a common malady among the rich that they assume that the only intelligence that really means anything is the kind of intelligence that lends itself to success in business. They see their success as wholly due to their hard work and brilliance. Factors such as good parents, good genes, good (often free) education, money, good environment, and good luck are seen as peripheral and rather insignificant.
Whether Gates (or Jobs for that matter) reflect this and to what degree I cannot say. I hope not.
Warren Buffet, for one, seems to have come away unscathed by this malady.