No, Bill Gates Didn't Offer Young Thug $9 Million to Stop Making Music

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Bill Gates to Young Thug: "Stop!"

Bill Gates Offers Young Thug $9,000,000 Cash to Stop Making Music
Viral "news story" claims billionaire Microsoft found Bill Gates offered rapper Young Thug $9 million to stop making music. Facebook.com

Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Oct. 2014
Status: False

Example:
Via Huzlers.com, Oct. 30, 2014:

Bill Gates Offers Young Thug $9,000,000 Cash To Stop Making Music; Read What Gates Had To Say

ATLANTA - It is being reported that Multi-Billionaire Microsoft Founder Bill Gates has offered Atlanta Rapper Young Thug 9 Million dollars cash to stop making music.

Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Williams, is known for his eccentric style of rap and making random noises in his music. Bill Gates has told reporters "I may not be an avid rap listener but i sure heard Young Thug’s music and instantly went into depression. I even began to question my existence and why this man was even let 100 feet near a recording studio, he has to go, If he denies my offer, I will offer even more". Young Thug has yet to reply to the offer.

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Analysis: Rubbish. It's doubtful Microsoft founder Bill Gates has ever heard a Young Thug recording, much less come to hate the Atlanta rapper's music so much that he would offer him $9 million to quit the business.

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Bill Gates

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1955, Bill Gates took an interest in computers and software at an early age and went on to form the Microsoft Corporation with friend and business partner Paul Allen in 1975. Gates is now among the richest people in the world, with a fortune estimated at $79.4 billion.

Sources and further reading:

Bill Gates Offers Young Thug $9,000,000 Cash To Stop Making Music; Read What Gates Had To Say
Huzlers (satire website), 30 October 2014