Bill Gates’ Desk vs My Desk

Well, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity. Bill Gates wrote an article appearing on Money.com titled How I Work: Bill Gates As you can imagine, Bill and I work a tad differently so I thought I would go through some of the differences:

Bill Gates Desk
Bill Gates’ Desk
photo by Robyn Twomey from money.com

From the article, here is a nice photo of Bill Gates and his desk. this is what he has to say in relation to it and his office:

If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a dire

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21 Responses to Bill Gates’ Desk vs My Desk

  1. Cap says:

    very neat. I love the low tech calculator, who doesn’t have one??

    once I find my camera, I’ll snap a few too and link back.

  2. Cap says:

    oh yeah, is the white booklet near your sake cups, an accounting book or something? I recognize the character of money.

  3. Hazzard says:

    hahahahahahaha
    Great post!
    My desk is a little bit more like Bill Gates than yours, but it still pales in comparison. I also am not worth $50 billion. Very creative post!

  4. Financial Freedumb says:

    LOL…Great post! Thanks for the comparison…Your desk is much neat than my desk…trust me :/

  5. Chris K says:

    Mine is (unfortunately) a lot like Bill G’s desk. It’s almost creepy. I have 3 monitors, on the left is my email (gmail also – on firefox), center is whatever I’m working on, right is my browser(opera) with a network monitor at the bottom and trillian at the right.

    One thing I did differently though is I have three identical monitors running at three different resolutions. Left is 1024×768 because I don’t need too much real estate to see email, right is 1280×1024 because I like the extra room around the sides for the extra apps, and center is 1600×1200 so I can have plenty of windows open for whatever I”m working on. Oh, and I use the window as a whiteboard – there’s no room for a real one!

  6. John says:

    Is that your desk or my desk? I can’t tell the difference…

  7. pfadvice says:

    oh yeah, is the white booklet near your sake cups, an accounting book or something? I recognize the character of money.

    Yep, you hit it on the nail – it’s an accounting book that, over the years, has turned into my “everything savingadvice.com” book

  8. sue says:

    My computer is in my kitchen with dishes, pots and pans, coffee maker. I am sure Bill G doesn’t have all that!! I keep it close to heart of the home so some perve doesn’t stalk my children.

  9. ~Dawn says:

    Aren’t most CEO desk’s pretty clean anyway?

  10. makingourway says:

    Jeffrey,

    I love the post!!! Very creative and funny.
    With all of Mr. Gate’s money, I would have expected more gadgets!! I assume money doesn’t buy time!

    Mike, if those cpitures are true, gates had a clean desk even then – howe impressive!

    Jeffrey, although a bit cluttered, at least you have your paper fairly organized!

    My desk is overwhelmed with a central pile of paper that seems to fall over too often, a standing in out file that is weeping from to many things inside it and a random clutter of paper cascading across the desktop.

    And to think I try to scan and image all imporant documents.

    I’m beginning to wonder if all documents are as important as I imagine.

    Have a wonderful Thursday,
    Making Our Way

  11. Harrison says:

    thanks for sharing with us your personal working desk. I have a little quetion, do you know chinese? Because I found a book with some chinese words or other language on your table in your last photo. Just curious :-)

  12. pfadvice says:

    thanks for sharing with us your personal working desk. I have a little quetion, do you know chinese? Because I found a book with some chinese words or other language on your table in your last photo. Just curious

    I live in Japan.

  13. Perky says:

    I got your desk beat in size (small) mine is an oldschool desk, complete with space for books under the surface. it fits the keyboard with monitor sitting on a file cabnet beside :)

    Though I have to say I doint’ have a low tech calculator, I have one old high tech (at the time) graphing calculator, and I think my four year old knows how to do more with it than I do! (wich doesn’t take much)

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  15. Mike says:

    I don’t know why, but some how my post is now comment here. Check out my beatuiful desk!

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  20. swarovski says:

    Bill Gates may have a high tech whiteboard for brainstorming, three monitors etc etc etc!
    But has he got a Hello Kitty notepad ? I think not.

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