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The next Bill Gates…

…is probably buried deep in his/her books/lab equipment/ science kit somewhere in China or Japan (or India).

A recent survey reveals that “only one in five Americans believe that the “next Bill Gates” will come from the United States.

Further, “practically half of all Americans (49 percent) believe that the next great technology leader will come from either China or Japan.

The picture gets more complicated when the data is drilled down. There is a generational difference in perceptions re. Japan and China’s ability to produce the next Mr Gates…and amongst higher-income earners, US is still considered to be the place where the next Bill Gates would come from (followed by India and China).

The complete results are here and a full analysis (incl. cross-tab results) is here

January 4th, 2007 Posted by | China, Global Competition, India, Japan, Miscellaneous | one comment

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  1. Interestingly framed question – it asks about the place of birth.

    I am not sure apart from possibly – and increasingly that cannot be done reliably either – establishing the ethnicity of the ‘next Bill Gates’, the place of birth can never say which nation will ultimately claim a person’s success.

    People are increasingly globally mobile and once they are successful in an adopted nation, they are proclaimed as being a native of that place irresp of country of birth or passport held.

    Just my 2p.

    Comment by Shefaly Yogendra | January 4, 2007

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