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Who will succeed Microsoft's boss?

Seattle produced technology great Bill Gates, but where will his successor come from? Not the U.S., most Americans said in a recent survey.

Nearly half of said that the next great technology leader will come from China or Japan, while just one in five believes he or she will hail from the States. Thirteen percent think India will produce the next tech great.

Zogby International and 463 Communications released the survey.

"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," said 463 Communications partner Tom Gavin.

The December phone survey showed Americans overwhelmingly believe that the average 12-year-old knows more about the Web than his congressman.

Two-thirds believe that the Internet will be accessible anywhere in the world in the next 10 years.

For all the change the Internet has created and will create, only one-third of Americans said it's a greater invention than the printing press.

Advisers, planners can differ in roles

When hiring a personal finance professional, it helps to know what role he or she will play. Some do it all, while others might focus on specific areas.

Financial planners, for example, create a road map for your financial future. A financial adviser usually deals specifically with investing, guiding you on how to best invest your money in accordance with the plan created by your financial planner.

- Staff and wire reports


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