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GATES MAY HAVE BILLIONS BUT NO CHANGE FOR A COKE

Sometimes even a billionaire has to scrounge for change.

That's the premise of a new commercial in which Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, has no money to buy a Coke.The 30-second ad begins with a man working late at a computer, reaching for his soft drink and finding the distinctively shaped bottle empty.

He walks down a deserted hall to a room with a Coca-Cola vending machine. His pockets and wallet are empty. The camera then reveals it is Gates.

"Hello, anybody got some change for a Coke," he calls back in the hallway. "I'll pay you back."

There's no reply.