From 1995 to 2007, the only person that remained as the richest man in the world was Bill Gates. Then came Warren Buffett in 2008, but this did not last too long as Gates made a quick return in 2009 to take back his usual place. From 2010 to 2013, Carlos Slim became the richest man and it was back to Gates from 2014 to 2016 before he was surpassed by Jeff Bezos in 2017.
Being the founder of Microsoft which has come to become one of the major sources of his fortune, Bill Gates is a businessman, investor, philanthropist, and humanitarian who has become one of the most wealth and influential people in the world. Although he has retired from Microsoft, he is still involved in a lot of things with his wife, Melinda Gates.
Bill Gates’ Biography
The billionaire was born William Henry Gates in Seattle, Washington on 28 October 1955. While his father, William Gates Sr was a lawyer, Mary, his mother, worked as a bank executive. With that, the young Gates was raised in a family that was pretty much well to do. He is of English, German, Irish, and Scots-Irish descent and was brought up alongside two sisters attending the private Lakeside school where he had his first encounter with the computers. He taught himself basic programming which would be his first starting point.
By the time he was 17, Gates had already formed a venture with Paul Allen known as Traf-O-Data, a system that reads data from traffic counters and comes up with reports for engineers. In 1973, Bill Gates graduated from Lakewood and he went to Harvard College having scored 1590 of the possible 1600 in his SAT. Nonetheless, instead of continuing with the mathematics and computer science that he was studying, he dropped out only two years after he began to pursue his own coding.
In 1976, Bill Gates founded Microsoft and in 1980, the company was contracted by IBM to develop a new BASIC operating system for her new computer, marking the start of what would later be the dominance of Microsoft. The 1990s saw the birth of Windows and its continuous growth which took the world of tech to a new level. However, in 2014, Bill Gates stepped down as the chairman of Microsoft at the age of 58.
Wife – Melinda and Children
After she graduated from Duke University, Melinda French had many job offers including one with IBM in Dallas and Microsoft. While IBM was a good place, there were more opportunities for her with Microsoft as regards advancement and as such, she took that offer.
Not too long after she joined as a product manager, Melinda was approached by the company’s CEO who parked his car close to her’s asking if she would be free to have dinner with him in two weeks. Her simple answer to gates was that it was not spontaneous enough for her, and so an hour later he called and ask if she would be free that night and she said that was spontaneous enough.
On January 1, 1994, Bill and Melinda got married after dating for more than five years. Since then, they have remained very close, doing a lot of things including charity together.
Beyond just making money, what may come to be among the greatest legacy of Bill and Melinda Gates is their charity works all over the world. The couple has different charity programs including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which was founded in 2000.
Through the foundation which has more than $50 billion in asset, the powerful couple work towards improved healthcare and to reduce extreme poverty among other things. Apart from Bill and Melinda, Warren Buffett is also a foundation’s trustee.
Bill Gates Net Worth, House, and Cars
Since 1995 when his net worth topped that of everyone else in the world, Bill Gates remained as either the richest man in the world or the second for many years that followed.
In 2019, Forbes put his net worth at a massive $90 billion which is a $4.8 billion drop from what he had the previous year in 2018. However, he is still the second richest man in the world only after Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos.
Gates has been known to indulge a time or two; he has many expensive cars and properties that many can only imagine such as his house, Xanadu 2.0 which is valued at over $150 million and is among the most expensive celebrity homes. Apart from this mansion located in Washington, he also has properties in different parts of the world.
When it comes to cars, Gates has a good number of them including a Porsche 959 and a Porsche 911 supercar which he once had but auctioned for $80,000. Beyond the cars, one of the biggest toys he has is his private jet, the Bombardier BD-700 Global Express.