While watching Silicon Docks, I pondered how the whole notion that “rich = smart” got started. My best guess is that it originated in the 90s when companies that dealt in technology and computers started becoming the most profitable. These companies at the time were founded by literal nerds. Bill Gates, the head of Microsoft, was the very Steve Urkel stereotype everyone expected back then — large glasses, gawky appearance, timid speaker. The belief in the media was that Gates became rich and powerful because he was smarter than everyone else.