Dear Bill my old friend...

...great to see you topping the list of richest Americans for the 17th year in a row. Must be very satisfying keeping your old rival Larry in third.

An estimated fortune of $54bn, according to the Forbes poll, means it's going to be yet another good Christmas this year.

What would be rather wonderful is if that good Christmas could be shared around with a few of your channel chums. Far be it for me to be so crass as to ask you to pay off my mortgage or something as predictable as that, but it would be good to see some of the financial love spread in the channel.

With MDF funds getting harder to come by and your company, like many others, demanding as much as ever from partners please remember the old phrase charity starts at home, and in this case remember your faithful channel partners.

All the best (an encrypted email with bank account details and my latest mortgage statement will be emailed shortly).

This was first published in September 2010

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