|Bill Gates is an American business magnate who's best known for being the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. He is also a software developer and a great philanthropist. While working in Microsoft, Bill served as the Chairman, CEO, President, and Chief software architect. Moreover, he remained the largest individual shareholder of the company until 2014. Bill is considered one of the best-known business persons in the pioneers of the microcomputer revolution during the 1970s and 1980s. Gates remained the richest man in the world for 20 years before Jeff Bezos overtook him. And recently, Elon Musk became the wealthiest person on the planet, making Jeff the second richest and Bill Gates the third richest person.|
His full name is William Henry Gates III, but he is also known as Trey. On October 28, 1955, he was born in Seattle, Washington, United States. He is 1.78 meters or five feet 10 inches tall. Since the year 1987, Forbes has been listing him among the world's wealthiest people. And from 1995 to 2017. Bill held the Forbes title of the richest person on the planet. After leaving Microsoft, Bill has been involved in various philanthropic endeavors.
Back in the year 2009, Gates, along with Warren Buffett, established the Giving Pledge. During an interview, Bill said regarding his religious faith that the moral systems of religion are super important. He revealed that he's religiously raised his kids, and they've gone to the Catholic Church that he and Melinda attend. In 1994, he bought a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo Da Vinci for $30.8 million. Bill is an avid reader and loves playing tennis, golf, and bridge.
Despite being one of the world's wealthiest people, he flew coach and commercial aircraft until 1997. Before buying a private jet in 2006, Bill wished he was not the world's wealthiest person since he doesn't like its attention. He was also a proponent of higher taxes, especially for the rich, and he said he'd paid more than any person ever. Bill revealed in an interview with BBC that he spent more than $6 billion in taxes. In 1994, he donated money to create the William H Gates Foundation. Then in 2000, he and his wife combined three family foundations and contributed $5 billion to make the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill considers global access to energy and climate change to be critical and interrelated issues. The billionaire has urged governments across the globe to invest in research and development to make clean and reliable energy cheaper.
In January 1994, he married Melinda French on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. The couple has three children, including Phoebe Adele Gates, Rory John Gates, and Jennifer Katharine Gates.
In May 2021, the couple decided to get a divorce after being married for 27 years. The divorce was finalized on August 2, 2021
He was born to William H. Gates Sr and Mary Maxwell Gates. His father died in 2020, and his mother died in 1994. The ancestry of Bill includes Irish, Scotch Irish, German, and English. His father was a lawyer, while his mother was a member of The First Interstate BancSystem board of directors. The National Bank President Jay W. Maxwell was his maternal grandfather, and he has two sisters, including Christie and Libby. His family lived in the Sandpoint area of Seattle, and his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law.
During his childhood, Bill's family regularly went to The Congressional Christian Churches. Bill was bullied as a child, and he enrolled in the private Lakeside prep school at the age of 13.
Bill wrote his first software program at this school. Later he took an interest in programming the GE system and Basic when the mother's club of his school used proceeds from a fundraiser to purchase a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and time on the GE computer for students.
Bill wrote his first program, a tic tac toe game on this computer, and players played the game against the computer. Bill, along with his friends, including Kent Evans, Paul Allen, and Rick Weiland, was found exploiting the bugs in the operating system to get more time on the machine, and they were banned from using the computer. Eventually, the four friends formed the lakeside programmers club to earn money. And when their band was over, they offered the school to look for bugs in exchange for extra time on the computer. Bill started studying the code of the programs that ran on this computer. Unfortunately, his friend Evans died in a mountain climbing accident, Bill and Allen went on to form Traf-O-Data. They eventually created traffic counters on the Intel 8008 processor.
Bill graduated from Lakeside in 1973 and went on to enroll at Harvard. However, he dropped out at the end of his sophomore year. In 1975, he co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, and they adapted basic in the beginning.
Their plan turned out to be successful, and the two friends continued developing programming language software. Then in 1980, IBM offered them to write the BASIC interpreter for IBM's upcoming PC called the IBM PC. Microsoft delivered the PC DOS operating system in exchange for $50,000. Eventually, the operating system of Microsoft became popular, and they introduced an operating environment known as windows in November 1985. Windows quickly dominated the personal computer market, and Microsoft experienced phenomenal success. Then in 1989, MS Office was introduced by Microsoft. During the mid-1990s, Bill focused on developing the Microsoft network. He later stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in 2000. However, he retained his position of chairman.
Over the following years, bill gradually transferred his duties to others and focused on his philanthropic work. In 2014 he finally stepped down as chairman and began serving as a technology advisor to support CEO Satya Nadella. In 2018 he met the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to discuss investment opportunities for Saudi vision 2030. In March 2020, Bill would leave his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to dedicate his time to fill in tropic endeavors.
Here is $1.5 million in 2006 from his investments, and in 2013 his stake in Ecolab was valued at $2.9 billion. Moreover, his stake in Deere & Co. through Cascades Investments was $2.7 billion. In total, $72 billion in 2013. The total net worth of Bill Gates is $135 billion. The primary residence of his family is an earth-sheltered mansion in Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. The estate is worth around 147 and a half million dollars. It covers 66,000 square feet and features a swimming pool and underwater music system, a 2500 square foot gym, and a 1000 square foot dining room.
Bill Gates owns the following cars: Porsche 959 sports car, 1991 Porsche 911, Porsche 930 turbo, Porsche Taycan, Ford Focus, Mercedes S Class, Mercedes 500 S, BMW seven series, Tesla Model X. He also owns a private jet and a yacht.