I personally believe that Knighthood should only be reserved for British/UK citizens who have risen to the occassion of extraordinary human behavior or heroism. Fr. Mayor Gullianni of N.Y. N.Y. is also being given Knighthood (from what I've heard) and he deserves it over Mr. Gates, but I don't think even he should be allowed to become Sir. Rudolph Gullianni!
The only exception I can see is if the person in some way put his/her life on the line for Britain or saved British citizens from being killed or harmed.
Just my three pence worth. Roisin
"There, in that hand, on that shoulder under that chin---all of its lightness delicately balanced and its strings skillfully bowed---it becomes a voice."---Rich Mullins
"At 18, if you have oversized aspirations, the whole world sees you as a dreamer. At 40, you get the reputation for being a visionary." ---Rich Mullins
"God gives the gifts where He finds the vessel empty enough to receive them."---C.S. Lewis
Bill Gates is a good man and does a lot of great things; but, the GUI was invented by a think tank at Xerox (not Bill Gates) and wasn't copyrighted so that it could be used by anyone to allow the furtherment of the art/science of computing.
I say give him Knighthood when he has solved ALL the problems that WINDOWS has caused............
Why not? The Beatles are knighted, even Ringo Bill Gates' company created something that touches the lives of EVERYONE in one way or another. It is like he invented air. I really don't care one way or the other, but ,really, why the hell not??? Doesn't change our lives any, and he will get a 10% discount at Denny's.