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Bill Gates, who famously dropped out of Harvard in 1975 to work on Microsoft, said today that the value of college “is easy to underestimate.”

During a Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” or AMA session today, Gates, the richest man in the world, wrote:

I think the value of getting a great education – that is going to college – is easy to underestimate. The most interesting jobs require a college education. The STEM related jobs are probably the most interesting although they are not for everyone. The value of staying curious – reading a lot and learning new things even after college is also underestimated.

Indeed, Gates has always been a big proponent of expanding one’s horizons through reading. In fact, he reads more than 50 books a year.

It also does seem like Gates has evolved his thinking on college — despite his own status as a dropout, his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made affordable college eduction a big priority, even as it’s become a big point of policy for politicians.

Besides, in 2007, Gates returned to Harvard to accept an honorary degree.

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