Hoewel Billie nooit is afgestudeerd aan Harvard, ontvangt hij nu voor de tweede maal zijn doctoraat. In dit artikel van The Register wordt gezegd:
He'll collect his second doctorate next month - this time in humanities from the private Rikkyo University in Tokyo. A representative of the university said that Gates had "contributed to today's computer science technology" and added that he had "given much to improve education through his private funds".[break]Gates' eerste doctoraat ontving hij uit de handen van de Nederlandse universiteit Nijenrode:[/break]Dr Gates' previous doctorate was from the private Dutch Nijenrode University. It is not known whether he will be supporting either university financially, making the occasion pecuniae causa as well as honoris causa as it were, but this could become clearer when he makes an acceptance speech at Rikkyo next month.