Bill Gates

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Bill Gates

Gates in 2023
William Henry Gates III

(1955-10-28) October 28, 1955 (age 68)
Occupation(s)Business magnate, investor, author, programmer, philanthropist, humanitarian
Known forPrincipal founder of Microsoft
Board member of
Melinda French Gates
(m. 1994; div. 2021)
Gates' signature

William Henry Gates III KBE (born October 28, 1955)[2] is an American businessman and the co-founder and former chairman of Microsoft. He is the third-richest person in the world behind Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in net worth as of January 2021.[3][4]

Biography[change | change source]

William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, U.S. [5] He has British and German ancestry. His father William H. Gates, Sr. was a lawyer. His mother Mary Maxwell Gates served on the board of directors for First Interstate Banksystem and the United Way. His parents wanted him to be a lawyer. At the age of 13, Bill went to Lakeside High School.[6]

College career and the Founding of Microsoft[change | change source]

He was a freshman at Harvard University in 1973. He left Harvard to make software. Bill Gates saw an opportunity to transform the personal computer, which was expensive and difficult to use. He decided that computers could be made less expensive and easier to use. Gates started Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gates then went on to develop the Windows operating system, which at first wasn't well-received but with time became the most used system in the world.[2]

Retirement, philanthropy and charity work[change | change source]

In 2006, Gates announced he was going to quit his job at Microsoft. This was so he could do more charity work with his wife, Melinda. Their charity is called the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates' philanthropy projects have included vaccination of children in sub-Saharan Africa, scholarship programs in the United States, and a mission to help organize other billionaires to redistribute their wealth. He likes to give money and support to human rights, education, and technological innovation.

Gates stepped down from his CEO position in Microsoft in 1998 and Steve Ballmer did the job instead.[7][8] On June 16, 2007, Microsoft said that Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, will come in on a day-to-day schedule to continue working with his charity organization full-time for the years to come. On 2014, Satya Nadella became the new CEO of Microsoft and Bill Gates came back as the Chief Technology Adviser.[9][10] On March 13, 2020, Bill Gates completely left Microsoft so that he can focus on charity work.[11] He is now focusing on charity work for climate change, global health and development, and education.[11]

He was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 for his services to philanthropy and charity.[12] As an American citizen, he cannot be called "Sir Bill Gates", but can use the letters "KBE" after his name.

Melinda French divorced with Bill Gates since May 3, 2021.[13] Even though they divorced, they stated that they will keep working on charity events.[13]

Net worth[change | change source]

In 1986, Gates took Microsoft public. The company's stock was worth $520 million. Gates owned 45 percent of the stock himself, which was worth $234 million. The company continued its rapid growth and the stock price soared. At one point, Gates' stock was worth over $100 billion. This made him the richest man in the world, until October 2017, when Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became even richer than him.[14]

He was the richest man in the world. In October 2017, his net worth was surpassed by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.[14] Bezos had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates's net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time.[14] As of January 2021, Gates had an estimated net worth of US$163 billion, making him the third-richest person in the world.[15] And now, he is the third-richest person in the world behind Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in net worth as of January 2021.[3][15]

Personal life[change | change source]

Bill Gates enjoys reading.[16] He owns a large home library, and its ceiling is decorated with a quote from The Great Gatsby.[17] He also enjoys playing bridge, tennis and golf.[18][19] Every day, he writes down a daily schedule for every minute of the day, similarly to the U.S. president's schedule.[20] Even though Gates is rich and frequently travels to work, he formerly flew in an economy class aircraft until 1997.[21] Since 1997, the year when he bought a private jet, he travels in his private jet instead.[21]

In 2016, he revealed that he was color-blind.[22]

On May 10, 2022, Gates said that he tested positive for COVID-19.[23] He was experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19.[23] Gates has received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.[23]

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References[change | change source]

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  10. "Microsoft names Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer". BBC News. February 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
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  12. Staff; agencies (2005-03-02). "Bill Gates becomes honorary knight". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Novet, Jordan (May 3, 2021). "Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are splitting up after 27 years". NBC. Retrieved May 3, 2021.
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  16. Gates, Bill (2022). "I was recently asked what advice I would give to young people who want to make a positive impact on the world". LinkedIn. My advice is simple: Read a lot and discover a skill you enjoy
  17. Paterson, Thane (June 13, 2000). ""He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it" (Advice for Bill Gates: A Little Culture Wouldn't Hurt)". Business Week. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
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  19. "Profile: Bill Gates". BBC News. January 26, 2004. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2010.
  20. Riddell, Mary (October 21, 2016). "Bill Gates: He eats Big Macs for lunch and schedules every minute of his day – meet the man worth $80 billion". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Zuckerman, Laurence (October 27, 1997). "New Jet Eases Travel Hassles For Bill Gates". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  22. Osborn, Alex (February 18, 2016). "This Was Bill Gates' Favorite XBLA Game". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on February 19, 2016.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 "Bill Gates says he has COVID, experiencing mild symptoms". CP24. Associated Press. May 10, 2022. Retrieved May 11, 2022.

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