Favorite animal? Dog. Favorite food? Hamburger. What do you eat for breakfast? Nothing. You would expect these responses from anyone, probably a child, but they came from one of the richest men in the world: this is how the trailer for The Bill Gates Code, a three-part documentary that premieres at Netflix on September 20.
Portraying on the screen the life of one of the most iconic names in the world of business and philanthropy is a huge challenge. It is not because of Bill Gates’ visionary personality, but because of the need not to succumb to the expectations that such a biographical production can generate.
It is to be expected that many people watch the documentary in order, albeit discreetly, to find clues on how to achieve success. That expectation must be met, but the trailer implies that, for Gates, success is not necessarily about winning big fortunes.
In fact, the documentary should reveal, in part, how Bill Gates managed to reinvent himself. When I was in charge of Microsoft, Gates was often seen as a greedy person, able to make cunning decisions so as not to be at a disadvantage.
Perhaps a moment that faithfully portrays this phase was the Gates’ testimony in August 1998 about the antitrust lawsuit that Microsoft was facing. Even though he showed nervousness, the businessman thought well to avoid that his answers were used against him and did not hesitate to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” when he was trapped.
Since leaving Microsoft’s leadership, however, Bill Gates has mastered the image of a generous philanthropist, who tries to improve the world by supporting social projects and research to eradicate diseases and renewable energy, for example.
Apparently, it is exactly this change that The Bill Gates Code will show, but still shedding light on other important moments in the life of the Microsoft co-founder.
On twitter, Gates has already left his invitation to the premiere: “I spent the last few years participating in a Netflix series that portrays my work and my life, which will be released on September 20th. I hope you enjoy the work they did ”.