By now, you probably know about the Ice Bucket Challenge where people are dumping ice water over their heads and donating to ALS. Then they nominate someone else to take the challenge. Celebrities, politicians and others are doing it, but nobody has done it like Bill Gates who was nominated by Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
According to a report on Saturday, the second richest man in the world took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's disease, or motor neurone disease. The multi-millionaire rigged up a dumping contraption and doused himself through and through unlike others who have taken a bucket and dumped water on their heads or had someone else pour water over them.
Leave it up to the co-founder of Microsoft to go beyond the norm. The 58-year-old sketches out a plan, appears to weld the structure before pulling the cord and unleashing the icy water over his head as the camera captures it all in slow motion.
The video was posted on his gatesnotes blog and had over three million views in just a few hours. It shows Gates watching Zuckerberg nominate him and then rigging up an elaborate tipping mechanism to outdo the Facebook founder. Make sure you watch Bill Gates' video above.
Before drenching himself in ice cold water, Gates nominated three other famous entrepreneurs to take the challenge. In the 90-second clip, he said, "I'm going to challenge three more people: Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla electric cars; Ryan Seacrest, American Idol host; and Chris Sanderson, curator of the TED conferences. You have 24 hours. Good luck!"
Gates is worth an estimated $80.2 billion, according to Forbes magazin, and is well known for his philanthropy through the charitable foundation he runs with his wife. So donating money is nothing new for him. However, this is the first time he had to get wet to do it.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken off on social media. People have posted photos and videos of themselves on Facebook and Twitter, using #IceBucketChallenge.
Charities have reported a massive surge in donations after the campaign went rival, with celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, talk show host Jimmy Fallon, "Good Morning America" co-hosts, Michael Strahan, Governor Chris Christie, and many others also getting in on the act.