Woman's secret Santa turns out to be Bill Gates

​Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates smiles during a meeting with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and others on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

The gift exchange happened through the website Reddit's secret Santa event, in which users swap presents across the country.

SEATTLE — One woman's secret Santa this holiday season turned out to be one of the richest men in the world: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

The gift exchange happened through the website Reddit's secret Santa event, in which users swap presents across the country.

A spokesman for Gates confirmed he participated. Spokesman John Pinette says the billionaire philanthropist wanted to engage with Reddit's community and promote Heifer International, a foundation that provides seeds and animals to people in need in the developing world.

The woman, identified only as Rachel, wrote in a blog post that she was surprised to find out Gates was her Secret Santa. She received a stuffed cow toy, a signed card, a National Geographic travel book and a $500 donation to Heifer International in her name.

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