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Bill Gates Biography | Bill Gates Autobiography

Bill Gates born as William Henry Gates III, is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian and principal founder of the Microsoft Corporation. While working at Microsoft, Bill Gates was the chairman, CEO and chief software architect, as well as the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.

Bill Gates

Together with Paul Allen, Gates launched Microsoft in 1975 and it has grown to become the world’s largest PC software company. At this time, Gates led the company as the CEO until he stepped down in January 2000, but remained as chairman and came up with the position of chief software architect for himself.

In June 2006, he announced that he would be shifting from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was established in 2000. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie. He then stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014 and took a new post as technology adviser to support the newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.

Gates is among the list one of the best entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. His business tactics have been criticized for being anti-competitive, an opinion that has been upheld by a number of court rulings.

The Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people has included Bill Gates since 1987. This is an index of the wealthiest documented individuals, excluding and ranking against those with wealth that is not able to be completely ascertained. He held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world from 1995 to 2017 for all but four of those years, and held it consistently from March 2014 – July 2017, with an estimated net worth of US$89.9 billion as of October 2017.

On July 27, 2017 and since October 27, 2017, he has been surpassed by Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, who had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion at that time. As of August 6, 2018, Gates had a net worth of $95.4 billion, this made him the second-richest person in the world, behind Bezos.

Since leaving Microsoft, he has pursued a number of philanthropic works. He contributed large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates teamed up with Warren Buffett and founded The Giving Pledge in 2009. This is a commitment by the wealthiest to give at least half (a majority) of their wealth to philanthropy. The foundation works to save lives and improve global health, and is working with Rotary International to banish polio.

Bill Gates Birthday | Bill Gates Age | How Old Is Bill Gates

The Microsoft co-founder was born on 28th October 1955 in Seattle, Washington. He is 63 years old as of 2019.

Bill Gates Family | Bill Gates Parents

He was born in Seattle to William H. Gates, Sr., a prominent lawyer and philanthropist, and Maxwell Gates who served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. J.W, Maxwell, a national bank president was his maternal grandfather. In his early life, he discovered that his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law.

Bill Gates Siblings

Gates has two siblings: an older sister, Kristi Gates (Kristianne) and a younger sister, Libby Gates. He is the fourth of his name in the family, but is known as William Gates III or “Trey” because his father had the “II” suffix.

As a family, the Gates attended the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination. The family always encouraged competition, it didn’t matter whether it was hearts or  swimming to the dock and there was always a reward for winning and a penalty for losing, said one visitor.

Bill Gates Wife | Bill Gates Melinda Gates

On January 1, 1994, Bill Gates married Melinda French on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. At that time, he was 38 years old and she was 29 years old. The couple have three children: Jennifer Katharine, Rory John, and Phoebe Adele. They also founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in 2000.

Bill Gates Children | Bill Gates Daughter | Bill Gates Kids

Gates has three children with his wife Melinda. They are: daughter Jennifer Katharine born in 1996, son Rory John born in 1999, and youngest daughter Phoebe Adele who was born in 2002.

Jennifer is an equestrian rider who competed in the 2018 Longines Global Champions Tour and received the U.S. Equestrian Team’s Lionel Geurrand-Hermes Trophy for 2018. She posted the photo below to celebrate with her support team:

How Much Is Bill Gates Net Worth | Bill Gates Fortune | What Is Bill Gates Net Worth | The most Richest Man In The World

As of January 2019, Gates was valued at a net worth of US 103.8 billion USD billion. He added $16 billion to his net worth in September 2019, despite giving away over $35 billion to charity, according to Bloomberg. This brought Gates’ total wealth to $106 billion, the second largest fortune in the world behind Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. On October 2019 Amazon founder and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos lost the title of the richest man in the world after Amazon Inc reported that revenue and profit for the Q3 quarter could be below expectations. Bill  is back on number 1 spot as the most richest man in the world.

Bill Gates Home | House | Mansion

Bill gates’ lives in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina near Seattle in Washington state, United States. Their home is a modern design mansion, which is an earth-sheltered house. According to 2007 King County public records, the total assessed value of the property (land and house) is $125 million, and the annual property taxes are $991,000. It is a 66,000 sq ft (6,100 m2) estate.

The mansion is noted for its design and the technology it incorporates. It was collaboratively designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cutler-Anderson, architects of Bain bridge Island, Washington. It’s design is that of the Pacific lodge style, with classic features such as a private library with a dome shaped roof and oculus. It also features an estate-wide server system, a 18 m swimming pool with an underwater music system, a 230 m2 gym, a 93 m2 dining room, and heated floors and driveways.

Bill Gates Education | Bill Gates Harvard

Gates joined Lakeside School at the age of 13. This is a private preparatory school. While in his  eighth grade, the Mothers’ Club bought a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric computer using proceeds from the school’s rummage sale. He took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and was exempted from math classes to pursue his interest.

He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. His interest on the machine was how it would always execute software code perfectly.When he reviewed back on that moment, he said, “There was just something neat about the machine.”

After the Mothers Club donation was finished, he and other students found time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students – Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans – for the summer after it found them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

At the end of the ban, the four offered to find bugs in CCC’s software in exchange for extra computer time. Instead of using the system via Teletype, Gates went to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including programs in Fortran, Lisp, and machine language later. His arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business. Information Sciences, Inc. hired the four Lakeside students the following year, to write a payroll program in COBOL. They were also provided with computer time and royalties.

Gate’s administrators became aware of his programming abilities, then he wrote the school’s computer program to schedule students in classes. He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with “a disproportionate number of interesting girls.” He later said that “it was hard to tear myself away from a machine at which I could so unambiguously demonstrate success.” Gates created a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, at the age of 17. The Traf-O-Data was created to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.

He served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1972. He graduated from Lakeside School in 1973 and was a National Merit Scholar. He joined Harvard College in the autumn of 1973 after scoring 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT)

He took mathematics and graduate level computer science courses although he had chosen a pre-law. At Harvard, he met Steve Ballmer as a fellow student. Later, Steve Ballmer became the CEO of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014 after succeeding Gates. After two years, Gates left Harvard

Gates devised an algorithm for pancake sorting as a solution to one of a series of unsolved problems presented in a combinatorics class by Harry Lewis, one of his professors, during his second year. His solution held the record of the fastest version for over thirty years. It’s successor is faster by only one percent. In collaboration with Harvard computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou, Gate’s solution was later formalized in a published paper.

He spent lots of his time using the school’s computers as he did not have a specific study plan while he was at Harvard. Gates had in contact with Paul Allen, and he joined him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974. The next year, the MITS Altair 8800 was released. The new computer was based on the Intel 8080 CPU, and both Gates and Allen saw the opportunity to start their own computer software company.

He went ahead and discussed his decision to leave Harvard with his parents. They supported him after seeing how much their son wanted to start his own company. To explain his decision, he said “…if things  hadn’t worked out, I could always go back to school. I was officially on leave of absence”.

Bill Gates Religion

Gates discussed his faith in an interview with Rolling Stone. He said, “The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We’ve raised our kids in a religious way; they’ve gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I’ve been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that’s kind of a religious belief. I mean, it’s at least a moral belief.”

Bill Gates Donations

Through his foundation with his wife, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates make donations to philanthropic work. They were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in the US in 2007 after Warren Buffett. Gates had donated US$28 billion to the foundation as of May 16, 2013. The foundation has changed and supported a broad range of social, health, and education developments including the establishment of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships at Cambridge University since its founding.

Bill Gates Philanthropy | Charity

The former Microsoft CEO is known for pursuing a number of philanthropic endeavors. He donated large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates teamed up with Warren Buffett and founded The Giving Pledge in 2009. This is a commitment by the wealthiest to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy. The foundation works to save lives and improve global health, and is working with Rotary International to banish polio.

Bill Gates And Paul Allen

Bill Gates and Paul Allen created a partnership called Micro-soft in the year 1975. It has grown into one of the largest U.S. corporations and has placed them among the world’s richest people.

Gates and Allen were friends and fellow Basic programmers at Lakeside School in Seattle. Allen graduated before Gates and joined Washington State University. The two built a computer based on an Intel 8008 chip and used it to analyze traffic data for the Washington state highway department, doing business as Traf-O-Data.

Allen later worked for Honeywell in Boston, while Gates enrolled at Harvard University in nearby Cambridge. The report in late 1974 of the first personal computer kit, the Altair 8800, excited them, but they knew they could improve its performance with BASIC.

Allen talked to Ed Roberts, president of Altair manufacturer MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems), and sold him on the idea. Gates and Allen worked tirelessly, to finish the first microcomputer BASIC. Allen moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January 1975 to be the director of software for MITS before Gates left Harvard and joined Allen in Albuquerque.

Allen was slightly older than Gates with him being 22 when Gates was 19. By March, Altair BASIC was complete and functioning. The “Micro-soft” partnership was sealed in April, but it had no name for a few more months.

Bill Gates Books

He has written two books:

  • The Road Ahead

This Gate’s book that was published in November 1995. It was written with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson. It summarizes the implications of the personal computing revolution and described a future profoundly changed by the arrival of a global information superhighway.

  • Business @ the Speed of Thought

This book was published in 1999, and discusses how business and technology are integrated, and shows how digital infrastructures and information networks can help getting an edge on the competition.

Bill Gates Website

Gates has a personal blog on which he shares about the people he meets, books e is reading and what he is learning. You can find the site at

Bill Gates Quotes

  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
    Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
  • Life is not fair; get used to it.
  • It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
  • If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
  • Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
  • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
  • I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
  • Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Bill Gates Movie

Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates
The Competition to Control the Personal Computer, 1974–1999: Original film from the National Geographic Channel for the American Genius series.
The Social Network
This is
a film which chronicles the development of Facebook. Gates is portrayed by Steve Sires.
Nothing So Strange
This is
a mocumentary featuring Gates as the subject of a modern assassination. Gates briefly appears at the start, played by Steve Sires.
Pirates of Silicon Valley
This film which chronicles the rise of Apple and Microsoft from the early 1970s to 1997. Gates is portrayed by Anthony Michael Hall.

What Did Bill Gates Invent

Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed Micro-Soft in 1975. This was a blend of “micro-computer” and “software” (they dropped the hyphen to Microsoft within a year).

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