Internet junkies, take heart: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates receives 4 million emails a day, and is probably the most spammed person in the world.
But unlike ordinary users, the software mogul has an entire department to filter unsolicited emails and only a few actually get through to his inbox, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said yesterday.
"There are two people who probably are the No. 1 spam recipients in the world," Ballmer said referring to Gates and himself.
"Bill Gates [is No. 1] because he is Bill Gates. Bill literally receives 4 million pieces of email per day, most of it spam," Ballmer told a conference.
"And so we have special technology which just filters spam.
"Literally, there's a whole department, almost, that takes care of it."
Ballmer said he was "probably also amongst the most spammed people in the world" because he gave out his email address - firstname.lastname@example.org - in all his public speeches.
"I receive many pieces of spam [but] only about 10 of them actually make it into my inbox because of the spam technologies that our IT department implements."