Fact Check: Bill Gates Is NOT The 'First Man To Bring Computers Into This World,' Is NOT Worth 'Trillions And Trillions'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Bill Gates Is NOT The 'First Man To Bring Computers Into This World,' Is NOT Worth 'Trillions And Trillions' Fact Check: Bill Gates Is NOT The 'First Man To Bring Computers Into This World,' Is NOT Worth 'Trillions And Trillions' Hodgepodge

Is Bill Gates the "first man to bring computers into this world," and is he worth "trillions and trillions"? No, that's not true: A social media video post purporting to be sharing "the truth about Bill Gates" makes those claim but offers no proof for them or any of the many other claims the narrator makes about Gates or various entities. British mechanical engineer Charles Babbage is credited with the concept of the first automatic digital computer in the 1800s. Alan Turing is known as the designer of the computer in the 1930s. And according to Forbes, Gates was worth $122.4 billion as of June 15, 2022.

The claims appeared in a video posted on Facebook on May 26, 2022, under the title "THE BIGGEST INTRODUCTION IN GLOBAL HISTORY WAS HELD IN 1980." The video opened:

I'm prepared to tell you one of the most dramatic stories that you need to wake up to.
Let's talk about Bill Gates. Let's have a real conversation about Bill Gates.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jun 13 21:48:47 2022 UTC)

The rambling 11:52 video was posted on a Facebook page created in May 2022. The About section on the page notes, "saying [sic] humanity from the human condition." The unidentified man narrating the video claims, "What you're about to learn is going to blow your mind away," and warns that since Gates became famous people have been brainwashed and are unaware of reality. "From that moment nearly everything you know about life has been manipulated and turned inside upside down and you don't even know it," he says. "... You're asleep. Deep asleep into the system you believe in so much."

There are several false accusations made in the video as well, and no evidence is provided.

The man in the video claims that Gates is worth "trillions and trillions." According to Forbes, Gates is worth $122.4 billion as of June 15, 2022.

The headline claims, "BIGGEST INTRODUCTION IN GLOBAL HISTORY WAS HELD IN 1980," and at 1:38 in the video the unidentified narrator claims that was the year it was announced that Gates was the richest man in the world. That is false. Gates became a billionaire in 1987 but didn't become the richest man in the United States until 1992.

At 3:24 in the video the man talks about Gates, saying he is "the first man to bring computers into this world, OK. The first man to take us from microfiche and a manual system to an automatic system that you're dealing with today."

Babbage is known as "The Father of Computing," developing the Difference Engine No. 1, the first successful automatic calculator in the 1830s, according to the University of Minnesota Charles Babbage Institute. In 1936, British mathematician Turing "invented the universal Turing machine, an abstract computing machine that encapsulates the fundamental logical principles of the digital computer," according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

The video warns about the World Bank, implying that it could have something to do with Gates and his world domination, but offers no evidence of Gates controlling the banks. At 3:54 the narrator says:

I want you to know something. ... Worldbank.org is the one you don't know much about. The richest bank in the world. That the whole financial forum runs from. ... Fully protected by every government in the world. Never to be prosecuted for any reason whatsoever. With full exemption. ... With the richest man in the world. Worth trillions and trillions of dollars.

This is false. According to the LexisNexis ranking, the top bank in the world is the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Limited, not the World Bank. There is no evidence or proof shown in the video that Gates or the World Bank are exempt from prosecution or fully protected by every government in the world.

At 5:13 the narrator claims:

Bill Gates owns more property than any other man in the world, he owns the most property in America, consider that. He now owns practically the most property in Australia and New Zealand.

While it is difficult to determine who the "man" is that owns the most property in the world, there are several lists of the largest landowners and Gates makes none of those lists. The Catholic Church is the largest landowner in the world and the person who owns the most land in the world is an Australian woman named Gina Rinehart, according to One More Hectare.

John Malone, a former media tycoon, is the largest private landowner in the United States, according to Go Banking Rates in 2021.

Gates is not even one of the top 30 largest landowners in Australia, according to Love Money (2021 figures), and is not one of the top 50 landowners in New Zealand, according to a 2019 report on Stuff.

Gates does own the largest portfolio of private farmland in the United States, The Land Report reported, but he is not the largest landowner anywhere.

At 7:28 the narrator states:

100 years ago more than 80 percent of the population never believed in the system of the government. They stood against them. Today 95 percent of people believe in the system.

He offers no context for the claim -- no mention of what or where the population is and what system they believed in -- and no proof of the statistics cited.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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