Americans: the next great tech leader will come from Asia

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Most Americans believe the next great tech leader will come from Asia

The next Bill Gates is more likely to be lurking in Asia — in China, Japan or India, in that order — than in US, according to a new poll released by Zogby International and 463 Communications.

A new survey of Internet Attitudes in the US showed that nearly half of all Americans (49%) believe that the next great technology leader will come from either China (26.7%) or Japan (22.4%).

Only 21% believe he or she could come from the US, while a surprising 13% backed India as the next home of a prospective Bill-ji. Russia (2.1%) and Brazil (0.4%) were cited as other possibilities.

However, higher-income Americans ($100,000 salary and above) were more bullish about American prospects, listing the US first (27.6%), followed by India (25.9%) and then China (23.1), suggesting those higher up the economic ladder saw almost as much promise in India as in the US and China.

“The next Bill Gates has already been born, and time will tell what country is providing the environment of innovation, entrepreneurism and opportunity to enable him or her to flourish with the next great idea,” the firm 463 Communications said in a release.

A cartoon on a blog run by 463 Communications had a headline that read: Americans Say Next Bill Gates is Currently Studying Math in Beijing.

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