Billionaire Bill Gates Enjoys Free McDonald’s for Life with ‘Gold Card’

by Nick

Few perks in fast food are as elusive and sought-after as the McDonald’s Gold Card. This special card grants its holder free meals, though the benefits can vary. Some cards are limited to local venues, while others, like the one Bill Gates has, allow for free meals at any McDonald’s worldwide.

Warren Buffett, another notable recipient, discussed his own McDonald’s Gold Card during a 2007 CNBC interview. He revealed that his card is more localized.


During an interview with Becky Quick, Buffett displayed what was in his wallet. “Here we have my McDonald’s card, which lets me eat free at any McDonald’s in Omaha for the rest of my life. That’s why the Buffett family has Christmas dinner at McDonald’s. It explains a lot of things,” Buffett chuckled.


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Buffett added that while his card is restricted to Omaha, Gates’ card is valid worldwide. “There are just a few of them. Bill Gates has one. His is good throughout the world, I guess. Mine is only good in Omaha, but I never leave Omaha, so mine is just as good as his,” he explained.

Despite the vast difference in the geographical scope of their cards, the idea behind them remains a testament to McDonald’s appreciation of these individuals. Gates, with a net worth that could easily cover any meal, and Buffett, known for his frugal lifestyle despite his immense wealth, enjoy the simplicity and convenience of the fast-food giant.


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The exact number of McDonald’s Gold cardholders is not publicly known, and the company keeps a tight lid on who else might be part of this exclusive club. Rumors suggest that other celebrities and business magnates may also have these cards, each tailored to the holder’s lifestyle and preferences.

In 2022, McDonald’s tapped into the hype surrounding its mysterious Gold Card by offering a contest that made the legend a reality for a few non-billionaires. “Our fans have been fascinated by the lore of the McGold Card and if it really exists,” said Tariq Hassan, McDonald’s USA chief marketing and customer experience officer. The contest awarded a few lucky winners the ultimate holiday gift — a McGold Card to share with family and friends.

Gates’ current net worth is estimated at around $124.1 billion, making him the 7th richest person globally. In a recent blog post, Gates expressed his love for cheeseburgers, calling them his “favorite food.” Even with all the wealth in the world, sometimes the most incredible luxury is a simple cheeseburger.

And for Bill Gates, that cheeseburger can be enjoyed anywhere in the world, on the house.


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