It's not like he needs it to beef up his CV, but the world's richest college dropout is finally getting his degree.

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, will speak at Harvard University's commencement ceremony in June and like all commencement speakers will receive an honorary degree from the institution.

It's hard to guess if Gates, the wealthiest person in the world and co-founder of a company that brought in $44bn in revenue last year, cares. But the programming whiz who once dropped out of Harvard will likely feel some sense of satisfaction.

The commencement ceremony takes place 7 June. Harvard does award honorary degrees in different subjects but doesn't announce the subject in advance.