'Bogus Bill Gates' Winds Down Career

$2,500 impersonator follows in Microsoft chief's footsteps
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2008 9:19 AM CDT
The real Bill Gates answers questions from the audience after delivering his keynote speech during the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in Beijing last year.   (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel)
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(Newser) – The Washington man who made his living doing dead-on impressions of Bill Gates is following the billionaire into retirement. Steve Sires has been impersonating the Microsoft chairman for a decade, and charging $2,500 for an appearance. But as the 52-year old Gates is winding down his career, so is his look-a-like, reports Network World.

Sires, who is three inches shorter and two years younger than the real Bill Gates, has traveled the world delivering his impersonation of the Microsoft chief. In 2002, he appeared in a mockumentary in which Gates was assassinated. To this day, the director is asked how he convinced Bill Gates to act in the film.