Bill Gates Biography, Investment, Asset and Net Worth

William Henry Gates Jr. popularly known as Bill Gates is a world business leader, inventor, entrepreneur, investor, programmer, author, humanitarian, philanthropist and the founder of Microsoft Corporation. He was born on 28th October 1955 in Seattle, Washington in the United States of America. He is currently 62 years old. His father’s name is William H. Gates Sr. while his mother’s name is Mary Maxwell Gates.

Bill Gates is the principal founder and chairman of Microsoft Corporation, the largest and most successful company in the world. Bill Gates is currently the richest and most influential personality in the planet. He has the wealth to control government, economy and influence authority.

Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen founded and built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics. In the process, Bill Gates became one of the richest men in the world.

In February 2014, Bill Gates announced that he was stepping down as Microsoft’s chairman to focus on his charitable work at his foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1987, a 23 years old Microsoft product manager by named Melinda French was attracted to Bill Gates, who was 32 years old then. The very bright and organized Melinda French discovered she was a perfect match for Bill Gates. They both started a relationship and courtship.

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On 1st January 1994, Bill Gates got married to Melinda French and the wedding ceremony was held in Hawaii, United States of America. The marriage is currently blessed with three lovely children namely Phoebe Adele Gates, Jennifer Katherine Gates and Rory John Gates. Rory John Gates is the only son of Bill Gates and will be the one to inherit Bill Gates Empire.

Bill Gates was a voracious reader as a child, spending many hours poring over reference books such as the encyclopedia. Around the age of 12 years old, Bill Gates parents began to have concerns about his behavior. He was doing well in school, but he seemed bored and withdrawn at times, and his parents worried he might become a loner, though they were strong believers in public education.

When Bill Gates turned 13 years old, they enrolled him at Seattle’s exclusive preparatory Lakeside School. He blossomed in nearly all his subjects, excelling in math and science, but also doing very well in drama and English.

In 1967, Bill Gates attended Runcorn State High School and obtained his High School Certificate. In 1973, Bill Gates got admitted to Harvard University in United States and dropped out in 1975 after spending two years in the university to focus on his programming.

In March 1986, Bill Gates took Microsoft public with an initial public offering (IPO) of $21 per share, making him an instant millionaire at the age of 31 years old. Bill Gates held 45 percent of the company’s 24.7 million shares, making his stake at that time $234 million of Microsoft’s $520 million.

Over time, the company’s stock increased in value and split numerous times. In 1987, Bill Gates became a billionaire when the stock hit $90.75 a share. Since then, Bill Gates has been at the top of Forbes annual list of the top 400 wealthiest people in America.

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In 1997, Bill Gates and his family moved into a 55,000 square-foot, house on the shore of Lake Washington, United States of America worth $54 million. Though the house serves as a business center, it is said to be very comfortable accommodation for the couple and their three children to live in. 

Following the devastation and depression of his mother’s death, who died of breast cancer just a few months after his wedding with Melinda, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates took some time off in 1995 to travel and get a new perspective in life and the world. In 1996, their first daughter, Jennifer was born. Their son, Rory was born in 1999 and their second daughter and last child, Phoebe was born in 2002.

In addition to being one of the richest and most successful businessmen in the world, Bill Gates has also received numerous awards for his philanthropic work. Time magazine named Bill Gates as one of the most influential people of the 20th century. The magazine also named Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates, along with rock band U2’s lead singer, Bono as the 2005 Personality of the Year.

Bill Gates holds several honorary doctorates degree from universities throughout the world. He was knighted as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth 11, the Queen of England in 2005.

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In 2006, Bill Gates and his wife were awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government for their philanthropic work throughout the world in the areas of health and education. In 2016, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates were recognized for their philanthropic work when they were named recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Bill Gates is currently the second richest and most influential man in the world with an estimated net worth of $91.1 billion.

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