Gates is such a poor example of the poor proletarian (IT) worker being exploited for subsisdence wage slavery though. Where Marx's original analysis breaks down is with intellectual capital and intellectual property generally. He didn't account for it at all (unsurprisingly). Donald Trump might be a better example of a traditional capitalist who hasn't created anything of note himself, but has done all right leveraging the capital he inherited. It would be a mistake in my opinion to attribute too much to Gates' background, beyond getting a comfortable upbringing and a good education. Except there's high levels of correspondence between the capitalists of today and the privileged of the past. Even the admirable William Gates is the scion of several generations of bankers and prominent lawyers.