Posted on: January 16, 2006

          The king of computer software industry, Bill Gates, has received an ‘HONORARY KNIGHTHOOD‘ from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 .

                 Bill Gates, 48, is the world’s wealthiest man, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., and the founder of the Bill and Melindia Gates Foundation. He received this honour for his bussiness skills and his work on poverty reduction.

               In a statement after receiving the honour, Bill Gates said : "I am humbled and delighted. I’m particularly pleased that this honor helps recognize the real heroes our foundation supports to improve health in poor countries. Their incredible work is helping ensure that one day all people — no matter where they are born — will have the same oppurtunuty for a healthy life, and I’m grateful to share this honor with them".

        " British recipients of knighthoods are entitled to be addressed with a "sir" before their names.But as an American, Gates is not entitled to use "sir" before his name, but he can put the initials KBE–Knight Commander of British Empire — after his name.

          Gates said he was proud of what he called Microsoft’s " special relationship " with Britain. 



           Honorary Knighthoods are awarded by the Queen, on the advice of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, to those who have made an important contribution to British interests.

           Previous US citizens receiving honorary knighthoods include former US presidents Ronald Reagen and George H.W.Bush, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Green span, and entertainer Bob Hope.



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