Bogus Bill Gates impersonator winding down career

Bogus Bill Gates more selective in the jobs he takes

"If it's a job I want to do, I will do it," Sires says. Recently he even worked as Bogus Bill for free with a Russian crew who came out to interview him as a look-alike. But he also recently turned down an offer from someone in the country of Oman to come out for a "meet-and-greet." "They wanted to pay me $2,500 to fly half-way around the world. Oh my goodness, that is not very much money," he says. Clearly, Sires knows he doesn't have to be Bill Gates to understand the value of a dollar.

Despite the slowing pace of his look-alike work, Sires says he still gets seven or eight calls and a handful of e-mails every year. Even though he portrays the larger-the-life figure Gates has become, Sires says he is not enamoured by the celebrity: "He is just someone else who wears pants just like I do." Sires says he gives money to charitable causes just like the real Bill, although he admits it is less than the US$37.3 billion currently held by the Gates Foundation.

And there's the fact that Sires is also leaving his mark on Microsoft: His son works as a programmer for the software giant. "He is winding up his career," Sires says.

And perhaps on some level, Sires' son also will impersonate Bill Gates, one of the world's greatest coders.

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