Who is the most powerful doctor in the world? Bill Gates listed in bizarre search result

Amber Peake April 2, 2021
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Who is the most powerful doctor in the world? Users on Twitter react as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is listed as the most powerful doctor in the world on Google. Now many have questioned whether the Microsoft co-founder is a doctor.

Why is Bill Gates listed as the most powerful doctor in the world on Google?

Bill Gates is currently the top answer when you search “Who is the most powerful doctor in the world?” but why is this?

The business mogul is the highest-ranking answer currently because the keywords used within the question also feature in the headline of Politico article, titled “Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates”, which was published in 2017.

Therefore because both the headline and the question have similar wording, Google could have ranked the article higher because of its shared topic.

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Within the article, the publication highlighted Bill’s impact within the health industry as they stated he was the World Health Organisation’s second-biggest donor, having donated $2.4 billion since 2000.

The billionare’s contribution can be seen on the World Health Organisation’s website under the Philanthropic Foundations section through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Twitter reacts to Bill Gates being listed as the most powerful doctor in the world

Users have since shared their confusion on Twitter as they share the odd search result.

Is Bill Gates a doctor?

The 65-year-old is not a doctor, although he and his wife Melinda both have an honorary degree in medicine from the Karolinska Institutet.

He and his wife were awarded honorary doctor of medicine degrees in 2007 for contributions made via their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He also has seven other honorary degrees for his research in the medical, legal and computer science fields.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.