Bill Gates is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist, today we look at his net worth and lifestyle.
BILL GATES NET WORTH – $133,000,000,000
|NAME: William Henry Gates III|
|BIRTHDAY: 28th October 1955|
|COUNTRY OF BIRTH: United States|
|SOURCE OF WEALTH: Business|
|PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Lake Washington, Medina, Washington, USA|
Born in Seattle, Washington, on October 28, 1955, Bill Gates was small for his age and suffered at the hands of bullies as a child.
He regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches and he belonged to a family where winning was everything and loosing came with punishment.
He attended Lakeside Prep School at the age of 13 and wrote his first software program when he was in eighth grade.
Bill Gates was Often excused from maths classes to pursue his interest in programming and later he was enlisted with four students to work on the schools class-scheduling system.
Gates served as a congressional page in the House of Representatives at age 17 and later met Steve Ballmer at Harvard university.
He joined Paul Allen at Honeywell in 1974 and by 1957 the two friends were already looking at settig up their own software company.
Gates and Allen began developing software for Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems Altair 8800 and met with the company’s president Ed Roberts for a demonstration which was a success.
moved from Albuquerque to Bellevue, Washington on January 1, 1979 and continued to make software for several computer systems.
Microsoft was approached by IBM in July 1980 concerning software for the IBM PC which was launching in 1981, and asked them to provide an operating system.
Gates was only too happy to oblige and provided IMB with 86-DOS, later converting it into PC-DOS for a fee of $50,000
The IBM-compatible PC, running DOS, became the de facto standard and MS-DOS became one of the major players in the global PC industry for years to come.
On November 20, 1985, Microsoft launched its first version of Windows, and later developed OS/2 through IBM in 1986.
Gates was an active software developer in the early years of the company however several of Microsoft’s business practices lead to a deposition against the company in 1998.
Gates gave testimony to the deposition and ruled that Microsoft had committed monopolization, lying and blocking competition.
Microsoft later went from strength to strength and launched versions of windows including the most popular, Windows XP, all the way up to the current version, Windows 10.
Bill Gates House sits on the Shores of Lake Washington and was called Xanadu 2.0 with 66,000-square-feet of space and some of the most incredible technology known to man.
The home only has seven bedrooms but makes up for this with a river running through the garden and artwork that changes color when you walk into a room.
The house has its own dock, movie theatre, underground parking garage and state-of-the art security system while the 6-foot trampolene room keeps people fit and healthy.
There are 6 kitchens in Bill Gates’ house and 24 bathrooms have 10 bathtubs with a 22-foot-video screen on one wall and 60-foot-long pool outside.
The home cost $63 million dollars to build and took seven years to build with half a million logs used to complete the property and a value today of over $145 million.
Gates has a large family that includes his wife, Melinda Gates whom he married on Lanai Island and have had three children.
His mother, Mary Maxwell Gates mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way of America.
His Father, William H Gates Sr, was a prominent lawyer and his maternal grandfather was J. W. Maxwell, a national bank president.
He has an older sister named Kristi and a younger sister named Libby.
Gates is friends with a number of important business leaders and wealthy people including Barack Obama and one of his closest Friends, Warren Buffett.
He has numerous friends around the world including Larry Ellison, Steve Wozniak, James Mattis, Jeff Bezos and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
He also knows President Umaru Yar’Adua of Nigeria, Bono, Satya Nadella and Baidu’s CEO, Robin Li.
For his Philanthropy, Gates and his Wife were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and India’s third-highest civilian award in 2015.
Gates is an avid reader of books and he revealed that his library is adorned with a quote from the Novel, The Great Gatsby.
Gates has spent many years activly campaigning for climate change and enhancing the global access to clean energy with countless projects dedicated to sustainable energy sources.
Gates has often been seen queuing at fast food outlets with other members of the public appearing normal and without having to take photographs.
Bill Gates has featured in hundreds of television interviews, media reports and has written three books.