Carlos Slim's come-back to any joke about his weight: "And you're worth how much?"
There are roughly six billion people on the planet. Every year, three of them hold a super-secret game of rock-paper-scissors to determine who will be called the richest. Your winner this year: Mexican telecom giant Carlos Slim, whose rock beat Bill Gates's scissors.
Gates is probably crushed after coming in second. But at least he can take heart knowing he made a favorable, non-nerdy impression on Washington socialite Carol Joynt:
Our time together lasted not even a minute but I did get to meet Bill Gates last night outside the Eisenhower Theater at the Kennedy Center. We were both there for the Vital Voices awards gala, where his wife, Melinda, was among the honorees. He arrived well after the show had begun-but before Melinda spoke-and was accompanied by a small and discreet entourage. No big beefy muscle. It was cool.
Gates was approachable and friendly enough for a man who has to be somewhat on guard with the approach by strangers. I'll say this, when he made eye contact it was like a man and not a nerd.
How Gates can hold his chin high enough to maintain eye contact when he knows he's only worth $53 billion...well I suppose that's the mark of a real hero, isn't it?