Bill Gates Popular Influencer in 2024

This article is about the co-founder of Microsoft. For other people with the same name, see Bill Gates (disambiguation).

Bill Gates

Gates in 2023

Born   –   William Henry Gates October 28, 1955 (age 68)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Education     –       Harvard University (dropped out)

Occupation  •    Businessman

  • investor
  • philanthropist
  • writer

Years active     –   1972–present

Known for   • Pioneer of the personal computer revolution with Paul Allen

  • Co-founding Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Title   –  show

See list

Spouse  Melinda French

(m. 1994; div. 2021)

Children               3

Parents • Bill Gates Sr.

  •       Mary Maxwell

Awards  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2005)

  • Padma Bhushan (2015)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)
  • Hilal-e-Pakistan (2022)

Website               gatesnotes.com

Bill Gates

  • Awards and honors
  • Philanthropy
  • Political positions
  • Public image
  • Residence

________________________________________

Companies

  • Traf-O-Data
  • Microsoft (criticism)
  • BEN
  • Cascade Investment
  • TerraPower
  • Gates Ventures

________________________________________

Charitable organizations

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Match for Africa
  • The Giving Pledge
  • OER Project
  • Breakthrough Energy
  • Mission Innovation

________________________________________

Writings

  • “An Open Letter to Hobbyists”
  • The Road Ahead
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought
  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
  • How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

________________________________________

Related

  • Codex Leicester
  • Lost on the Grand Banks
  • History of Microsoft
  • Timeline of Microsoft
  • Paul Allen

________________________________________

 1. William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and writer best known for co-founding the software giant Microsoft, along with his childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president, and chief software architect, while also being its largest individual shareholder until May 2014

He was a prominent pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Gates was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 1975, he and Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gates led the company as its chairman and chief executive officer until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, succeeded by Steve Ballmer, but he remained chairman of the board of directors and became chief software architect. During the late 1990s, he was criticized for his business tactics, which were considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings.

In June 2008, Gates transitioned into a part-time role at Microsoft and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the private charitable foundation he and his then-wife Melinda had established in 2000

He stepped down as chairman of the Microsoft board in February 2014 and assumed the role of technology adviser to support newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.

In March 2020, Gates left his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic efforts on climate change, global health and development, and education.

Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world every year except in 2008 and from 2010 to 2013. In October 2017, he was surpassed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates’s net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time.

In the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans in 2023, he was ranked sixth with a wealth of $115.0 billion

As of March 2024, Gates has an estimated net worth of US$150 billion, making him the fifth-richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Later in his career and since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008, Gates has pursued other business and philanthropic endeavors. He is the founder and chairman of several companies, including BEN, Cascade Investment, TerraPower, bgC3, and Breakthrough Energy. He has donated sizable amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world’s largest private charity. Through the foundation, he led an early 21st-century vaccination campaign that significantly contributed to the eradication of the wild poliovirus in Africa. In 2010, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.

Early life and education

William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington[13] as the only son of William H. Gates Sr.[b] (1925–2020) and his first wife, Mary Maxwell Gates (1929–1994).

His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish/Scots-Irish.

His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors of First Interstate BancSystem and United Way of America. Gates’s maternal grandfather was J. W. Maxwell, a national bank president. He also has an older sister Kristi (Kristianne) and a younger sister Libby. He is the fourth of his name in his family but is known as William Gates III or “Trey” (i.e., three) because his father had the “II” suffix.

The family lived in the Sand Point area of Seattle in a home that was damaged by a rare tornado when Gates was seven years old.

According to Gates, when he was young, his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law. During his childhood, his family regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination

Gates was small for his age and was bullied as a child.

The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that it didn’t matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock; there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing.

Gates (right) with Paul Allen seated at Teletype Model 33 ASR terminals in Lakeside School, 1970

At age 13, he enrolled in the private Lakeside prep school, where he wrote his first software program. When he was in eighth grade, the Mothers’ Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School’s rummage sale to buy a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the students.

Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and he was excused 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. Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.

After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, Gates and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC) which banned Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Gates’s best friend and first business partner Kent Evans for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

The four students formed the Lakeside Programmers Club to make money.

At the end of the ban, they offered to find bugs in CCC’s software in exchange for extra computer time. Rather than using the system remotely via Teletype, Gates went to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including Fortran, Lisp, and machine language. The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970 when the company went out of business.

The following year, a Lakeside teacher enlisted Gates and Evans to automate the school’s class scheduling system, providing them computer time and royalties in return. The duo worked diligently to have the program ready for their senior year. Towards the end of their junior year, Evans was killed in a mountain climbing accident, which Gates has described as one of the saddest days of his life. Gates then turned to Allen who helped him finish the system for Lakeside.

At 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen called Traf-O-Data to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.

Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

A 2019 New York Times article reported that Gates’s relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein started in 2011, just a few years after Epstein was convicted for procuring a child for prostitution, and continued for some years, including a visit to Epstein’s house with his wife in the fall of 2013, despite her declared discomfort.

Gates said in 2011 about Epstein: “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.

This article is about the co-founder of Microsoft. For other people with the same name, see Bill Gates (disambiguation).

Bill Gates

Gates in 2023

Born   –   William Henry Gates October 28, 1955 (age 68)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Education     –       Harvard University (dropped out)

Occupation  •    Businessman

  • investor
  • philanthropist
  • writer

Years active     –   1972–present

Known for   • Pioneer of the personal computer revolution with Paul Allen

  • Co-founding Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Title   –  show

See list

Spouse  Melinda French

(m. 1994; div. 2021)

Children               3

Parents • Bill Gates Sr.

  •       Mary Maxwell

Awards  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2005)

  • Padma Bhushan (2015)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)
  • Hilal-e-Pakistan (2022)

Website               gatesnotes.com

Bill Gates

  • Awards and honors
  • Philanthropy
  • Political positions
  • Public image
  • Residence

________________________________________

Companies

  • Traf-O-Data
  • Microsoft (criticism)
  • BEN
  • Cascade Investment
  • TerraPower
  • Gates Ventures

________________________________________

Charitable organizations

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Match for Africa
  • The Giving Pledge
  • OER Project
  • Breakthrough Energy
  • Mission Innovation

________________________________________

Writings

  • “An Open Letter to Hobbyists”
  • The Road Ahead
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought
  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
  • How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

________________________________________

Related

  • Bill Gates’ flower fly
  • Codex Leicester
  • Lost on the Grand Banks
  • History of Microsoft
  • Timeline of Microsoft
  • Paul Allen

________________________________________

 1. William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and writer best known for co-founding the software giant Microsoft, along with his childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president, and chief software architect, while also being its largest individual shareholder until May 2014

He was a prominent pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Gates was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 1975, he and Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gates led the company as its chairman and chief executive officer until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, succeeded by Steve Ballmer, but he remained chairman of the board of directors and became chief software architect. During the late 1990s, he was criticized for his business tactics, which were considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings.

In June 2008, Gates transitioned into a part-time role at Microsoft and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the private charitable foundation he and his then-wife Melinda had established in 2000

He stepped down as chairman of the Microsoft board in February 2014 and assumed the role of technology adviser to support newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.

In March 2020, Gates left his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic efforts on climate change, global health and development, and education.

Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world every year except in 2008 and from 2010 to 2013. In October 2017, he was surpassed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates’s net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time.

In the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans in 2023, he was ranked sixth with a wealth of $115.0 billion

As of March 2024, Gates has an estimated net worth of US$150 billion, making him the fifth-richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Later in his career and since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008, Gates has pursued other business and philanthropic endeavors. He is the founder and chairman of several companies, including BEN, Cascade Investment, TerraPower, bgC3, and Breakthrough Energy. He has donated sizable amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world’s largest private charity. Through the foundation, he led an early 21st-century vaccination campaign that significantly contributed to the eradication of the wild poliovirus in Africa. In 2010, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.

Early life and education

William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington[13] as the only son of William H. Gates Sr.[b] (1925–2020) and his first wife, Mary Maxwell Gates (1929–1994).

His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish/Scots-Irish.

His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors of First Interstate BancSystem and United Way of America. Gates’s maternal grandfather was J. W. Maxwell, a national bank president. He also has an older sister Kristi (Kristianne) and a younger sister Libby. He is the fourth of his name in his family but is known as William Gates III or “Trey” (i.e., three) because his father had the “II” suffix.

The family lived in the Sand Point area of Seattle in a home that was damaged by a rare tornado when Gates was seven years old.

According to Gates, when he was young, his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law. During his childhood, his family regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination

Gates was small for his age and was bullied as a child.

The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that it didn’t matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock; there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing.

Gates (right) with Paul Allen seated at Teletype Model 33 ASR terminals in Lakeside School, 1970

At age 13, he enrolled in the private Lakeside prep school, where he wrote his first software program. When he was in eighth grade, the Mothers’ Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School’s rummage sale to buy a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the students.

Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and he was excused 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. Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.

After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, Gates and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC) which banned Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Gates’s best friend and first business partner Kent Evans for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

The four students formed the Lakeside Programmers Club to make money.

At the end of the ban, they offered to find bugs in CCC’s software in exchange for extra computer time. Rather than using the system remotely via Teletype, Gates went to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including Fortran, Lisp, and machine language. The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970 when the company went out of business.

The following year, a Lakeside teacher enlisted Gates and Evans to automate the school’s class scheduling system, providing them computer time and royalties in return. The duo worked diligently to have the program ready for their senior year. Towards the end of their junior year, Evans was killed in a mountain climbing accident, which Gates has described as one of the saddest days of his life. Gates then turned to Allen who helped him finish the system for Lakeside.

At 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen called Traf-O-Data to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.

Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

A 2019 New York Times article reported that Gates’s relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein started in 2011, just a few years after Epstein was convicted for procuring a child for prostitution, and continued for some years, including a visit to Epstein’s house with his wife in the fall of 2013, despite her declared discomfort.

Gates said in 2011 about Epstein: “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.

This article is about the co-founder of Microsoft. For other people with the same name, see Bill Gates (disambiguation).

Bill Gates

Gates in 2023

Born   –   William Henry Gates October 28, 1955 (age 68)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Education     –       Harvard University (dropped out)

Occupation  •    Businessman

  • investor
  • philanthropist
  • writer

Years active     –   1972–present

Known for   • Pioneer of the personal computer revolution with Paul Allen

  • Co-founding Microsoft and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Title   –  show

See list

Spouse  Melinda French

(m. 1994; div. 2021)

Children               3

Parents • Bill Gates Sr.

  •       Mary Maxwell

Awards  • Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2005)

  • Padma Bhushan (2015)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)
  • Hilal-e-Pakistan (2022)

Website               gatesnotes.com

Bill Gates

  • Awards and honors
  • Philanthropy
  • Political positions
  • Public image
  • Residence

________________________________________

Companies

  • Traf-O-Data
  • Microsoft (criticism)
  • BEN
  • Cascade Investment
  • TerraPower
  • Gates Ventures

________________________________________

Charitable organizations

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Match for Africa
  • The Giving Pledge
  • OER Project
  • Breakthrough Energy
  • Mission Innovation

________________________________________

Writings

  • “An Open Letter to Hobbyists”
  • The Road Ahead
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought
  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
  • How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

________________________________________

Related

  • Bill Gates’ flower fly
  • Codex Leicester
  • Lost on the Grand Banks
  • History of Microsoft
  • Timeline of Microsoft
  • Paul Allen

________________________________________

 1. William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, and writer best known for co-founding the software giant Microsoft, along with his childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president, and chief software architect, while also being its largest individual shareholder until May 2014

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He was a prominent pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Gates was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. In 1975, he and Allen founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gates led the company as its chairman and chief executive officer until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, succeeded by Steve Ballmer, but he remained chairman of the board of directors and became chief software architect. During the late 1990s, he was criticized for his business tactics, which were considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings.

In June 2008, Gates transitioned into a part-time role at Microsoft and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the private charitable foundation he and his then-wife Melinda had established in 2000

He stepped down as chairman of the Microsoft board in February 2014 and assumed the role of technology adviser to support newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.

In March 2020, Gates left his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic efforts on climate change, global health and development, and education.

Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world every year except in 2008 and from 2010 to 2013. In October 2017, he was surpassed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates’s net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time.

In the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans in 2023, he was ranked sixth with a wealth of $115.0 billion

As of March 2024, Gates has an estimated net worth of US$150 billion, making him the fifth-richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Later in his career and since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008, Gates has pursued other business and philanthropic endeavors. He is the founder and chairman of several companies, including BEN, Cascade Investment, TerraPower, bgC3, and Breakthrough Energy. He has donated sizable amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world’s largest private charity. Through the foundation, he led an early 21st-century vaccination campaign that significantly contributed to the eradication of the wild poliovirus in Africa. In 2010, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.

Early life and education

William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington[13] as the only son of William H. Gates Sr.[b] (1925–2020) and his first wife, Mary Maxwell Gates (1929–1994).

His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish/Scots-Irish.

His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors of First Interstate BancSystem and United Way of America. Gates’s maternal grandfather was J. W. Maxwell, a national bank president. He also has an older sister Kristi (Kristianne) and a younger sister Libby. He is the fourth of his name in his family but is known as William Gates III or “Trey” (i.e., three) because his father had the “II” suffix.

The family lived in the Sand Point area of Seattle in a home that was damaged by a rare tornado when Gates was seven years old.

According to Gates, when he was young, his parents wanted him to pursue a career in law. During his childhood, his family regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination

Gates was small for his age and was bullied as a child.

The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that it didn’t matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock; there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing.

Gates (right) with Paul Allen seated at Teletype Model 33 ASR terminals in Lakeside School, 1970

At age 13, he enrolled in the private Lakeside prep school, where he wrote his first software program. When he was in eighth grade, the Mothers’ Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School’s rummage sale to buy a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the students.

Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and he was excused 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. Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.

After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, Gates and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC) which banned Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Gates’s best friend and first business partner Kent Evans for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time.

The four students formed the Lakeside Programmers Club to make money.

At the end of the ban, they offered to find bugs in CCC’s software in exchange for extra computer time. Rather than using the system remotely via Teletype, Gates went to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including Fortran, Lisp, and machine language. The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970 when the company went out of business.

The following year, a Lakeside teacher enlisted Gates and Evans to automate the school’s class scheduling system, providing them computer time and royalties in return. The duo worked diligently to have the program ready for their senior year. Towards the end of their junior year, Evans was killed in a mountain climbing accident, which Gates has described as one of the saddest days of his life. Gates then turned to Allen who helped him finish the system for Lakeside.

At 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen called Traf-O-Data to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.
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Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

A 2019 New York Times article reported that Gates’s relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein started in 2011, just a few years after Epstein was convicted for procuring a child for prostitution, and continued for some years, including a visit to Epstein’s house with his wife in the fall of 2013, despite her declared discomfort.

Gates said in 2011 about Epstein: “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.

The depth of the friendship between Gates and Epstein is unclear though Gates generally commented that “I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him. However, Gates visited Epstein “many times, despite [Epstein’s] past. It was reported that Epstein and Gates “discussed the Gates Foundation and philanthropy

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