Bill Gates cancels his Facebook account

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has done something that no teenager could ever contemplate and cancelled his Facebook account. The billionaire philanthropist made the decision after being inundated with thousands of friend requests telling an audience in India that his social networking profile has become "way too much trouble".

"I had 10,000 people wanting to be my friends," Gates said. The Microsoft co-founder told the crowd in New Delhi that he had grown tired of sifting through friend requests to see which people were actual friends. "It was just way too much trouble, so I gave it up."

Despite getting rid of his Facebook account Gates still has a presence on the popular social networking site. There are a large number of fan sites dedicated to the Microsoft head honcho, the biggest of which boasting over 17,000 fans.

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