A woman from the US state of Michigan had a particularly special Christmas after it transpired that her Reddit secret santa turned out to be none other than Microsoft co-founder, major philanthropist and multi-billionaire Bill Gates.
The woman, identified only as Shelby, hit the holiday jackpot participating in RedditGifts. Reddit, the popular discussion website, hosted its annual RedditGifts, an online user-to-user gift exchange service that connects Reddit users around the world with one another.
The 33-year-old from Detroit reportedly received a massive haul of gifts weighing some 40kgs.
Mr Gates said that his team researched Ms Shelby’s likes and dislikes in order to customise the gifts. She received, among other items, a bound manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, complete with scans of the author’s handwritten notes as he was writing the novel.
Media reports say that other items were geared towards Star Wards and Harry Potter after it was known that Ms Shelby is a fan.
ABC27 reported that Mr Gates joins RedditGifts’ Secret Santa exchange annually.
Reddit documented her opening the gifts on Twitter, stating: 'Just when she needed it most, one lucky giftee struck Secret Santa gold & was blessed with the Christmas of a lifetime. Well done @BillGates.'