Bill Gates may be one of the richest men in the world. Sure, he may be a genius. And, to be fair, he may even relate to the Average Joe on some level, but you wouldn’t know it from his appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week.
When’s the last time you’ve been to the supermarket, Bill?
“A long time ago,” the Microsoft MSFT, +0.26% founder responded, to absolutely nobody’s surprise. Clearly, he wasn’t joking, which became even more evident as Ellen presented him with a challenge: Guess the price of three out of five popular grocery items within a dollar and the audience wins a prize.
Easy, right? Wrong.
He overestimated Rice-A-Roni by about 500%. Tide Pods for $4? Come on, Bill, try $19.97. By the end of the grueling exercise, he basically had to lean on the wisdom of the crowd and gentle nudges from Ellen to complete the task.
Watch the video:
Gates isn’t the only notable public figure to stumble over grocery prices, of course. George H.W. Bush reportedly got lampooned years ago after he admitted to not knowing the price of milk, while Rudy Giuliani missed the mark by a wide margin when asked about the cost of a loaf of bread.
But is it fair to label these guys as being out of touch with the common man because they don’t know this stuff? Before you cast stones, let’s see how well you do in guessing the prices on some of these Amazon AMZN, +0.16% grocery items.