Bill Gates, One Of The Richest Men in the World

Published on Nov 17, 2023 by

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Bill Gates, a successful businessman and generous philanthropist, is widely recognized as one of the men responsible for creating the Microsoft Corporation.

Born

William Henry Gates III

October 28, 1955 (age 67)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Education

Harvard University (dropped out)

Occupations

Businessman, philanthropist

Years active

1972–present

Known for

Co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Spouse

Melinda French

Children

3

Parents

Bill Gates Sr.

Mary Maxwell

 

The American corporate mogul, inventor, and philanthropist Bill Gates. Microsoft Corporation, an American computer giant, was founded largely due to his efforts. Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer are just a few of the company’s many groundbreaking discoveries that have shaped the current computer industry.

As Gates’ wealth grew, he and his now ex-wife Melinda French became increasingly involved in charitable work. Together, Bill and Melinda Gates established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has given out billions of dollars to charitable causes around the globe.

Early Life

Bill Gates

On October 28, 1955, the world was introduced to Bill Gates in Seattle, Washington. He is their son, born to William Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. Gates’s parents were involved in the community; his father was a lawyer, and his mother served on numerous boards and banks. Both factors contributed to his exceptional intelligence and academic achievement. Gates has often credited his background for his later achievements.

Gates has two sisters, one elder and one younger, making his immediate family of five. His upbringing was said to have been spent among a close-knit group of relatives. Gates’ early interest in computers was evident. He considered a career in law like his father’s at an early age, but his interests shifted when he was exposed to computers. His enthusiasm for computers began to blossom after his elementary school’s Mothers’ Club invested in some new hardware. Gates began learning about computers from his pals and writing programs in several programming languages.

Because of his diminutive stature for his age, Gates endured childhood bullying. As a child, Gates’s height was a source of frustration because he was much shorter than the average person. Later in life, he claimed that being teased because of his short stature shaped him into the strong leader he is today. Gates said that his above-average intelligence was to blame for the bullies’ behavior and experiences with them. Even at such a young age, Gates had already embarked on his first business venture, co-founding a company to produce traffic counters with a friend. To be sure, this was just a taste of things to come.

Gates had no trouble in the classroom and enrolled at Harvard in 1973. Nobody close to Gates was surprised by this, given his enormous financial success and exceptionally high IQ (reportedly 160). There, he connected with Steve Ballmer. The two swiftly became fast friends.

Gates left Harvard after only two years and did not complete his education there.

Career

Microsoft

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Gates has spent his whole business career at Microsoft. After Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems hired Gates and Ballmer to create a BASIC emulator for the MITS in 1975, they decided to start their firm. Gates and Ballmer wrote the first emulator code, but as the business expanded, he took over as CEO. Despite this, Gates maintained a close relationship with the company’s computing programming, including coding video games as late as 1981.

Next, Microsoft and Gates would venture into operating system creation with IBM, teaming up with the business to code and license 86-DOS as the primary operating system for that software. Eventually, this would lead to the creation of Windows, a novel graphical operating system that would become Microsoft’s most lucrative product. Microsoft’s Windows has come a long way since the original edition’s publication in 1985; it is now widely considered the gold standard of computer operating systems.

Thanks to Microsoft, Gates is more prosperous than he ever imagined. He had already made a billion dollars by the time he turned 31.

Microsoft would become deeply involved in much other software, from business applications to internet and word processing to computer games and leisure software.

In 2000, Gates announced that he would leave his position as CEO to make way for Steve Ballmer. While he will be leaving the board of directors in March 2020 to devote more time to his charitable work, he has maintained an active role in the company.

Bill Gates Best Known For

Microsoft Corporation

Undoubtedly, Gates is most well-known for starting Microsoft, one of the world’s most valuable and influential companies. All sorts of advancements in computer technology can be traced back to Microsoft.

Microsoft Windows

Most commercially accessible computers run Microsoft Windows, which makes it the most widely used OS in the world. For the first time, in 1985, Windows was introduced. Its graphical user interface has matured greatly over time, becoming more refined and user-friendly.

Microsoft Office

The Microsoft Office suite is a collection of software products that may be used in both the home and the office. It has everything from a word processor to an Excel spreadsheet to a program to help you make a presentation. Like other Microsoft products, the office has undergone numerous revisions since its 1995 debut.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In 1994, Gates established the Gates Foundation to address what he perceived as widespread social problems. Many of the foundation’s early funds came from Gates himself, but other wealthy individuals, including Warren Buffett and Bono, have since contributed significantly to the organization’s coffers. The rapid expansion of its holdings led many to estimate its endowment at $49.8 billion as of early 2018.

The foundation uses the funds it raises for education, healthcare, and fighting poverty. It has also significantly contributed to the fight against pandemics in several other ways.

Bill Gates: Net Worth, Marriage, Children, and Divorce

Bill Gates's family

Net Worth

Although Gates’ wealth has fluctuated between $130 and $150 billion, it is now estimated to be closer to $132 billion; much of the drop is attributed to Gates’ charity donations through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Although he no longer maintains this position, Gates was formerly the wealthiest person in the world.

Marriage

Melinda French, now Gates’ ex-wife, and he wed in 1994. They worked together at Microsoft, which is where they first became acquainted.

Children

Bill Gates has three children, much like his father. Jennifer, Rory, and Phoebe are children from his union with Melinda. Bill and Melinda have spoken openly about their efforts to provide their children with a “normal” upbringing, which included limiting their exposure to television and other media.

Divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates announced their plans to divorce via Twitter in May 2021. The Twitter statement caught everyone off guard, but subsequent reports suggest that Bill Gates’ affair with Jeffrey Epstein, an American businessman who was arrested and convicted of many sex offenses, was a cause of friction in their marriage. Several rumors and speculations circulated about Bill Gates’s relationship with Epstein before and after their divorce. Melinda Gates allegedly started meeting with divorce lawyers as early as 2019, with her relationship with Epstein being the primary reason for the breakup.

The divorce was finalized in August 2021, a relatively rapid turnaround time. Assets will be divided in an unknowable manner per its terms. Bill and Melinda Gates will keep working together on their foundation.

Awards and Achievements

Turing Award:

The Turing Award honors those who have “formed the foundations” of computing, including computer engineers, inventors, and pioneers. Its name was chosen as a tribute to the great mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Presidential Medal of Freedom:

The President of the United States awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom for exceptional and sustained achievement and service to the country. In 2016, Gates was the recipient of the award, received from then-President Barack Obama.

Padma Bhushan Award:

The Padma Bhushan is India’s highest civilian honor, bestowed for exceptional service to the country. In 2015, this award honed Bill and Melinda Gates for their philanthropic efforts.

Bill Gates: Quotes

  • “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
  • “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
  • “We must find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.”
  • “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

About the Author: John Falcone

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