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Bill Gates Wiki, Biography, Net Worth, Books, and Success Quotes

William Henry Gates III, KBE is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is most famous as the co-founder of Microsoft, and founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2019

Born: William Henry Gates III

October 28, 1955 (age 64)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Residence: Xanadu 2.0, Medina, Washington


  • Business magnate,
  • Investor,
  • Author,
  • Programmer,
  • Philanthropist,
  • Humanitarian

Known for: Principal founder of Microsoft

Net worth: US$107.4 billion (November 2019)

Known for: Co-founder and former head of Microsoft


  • Co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Chairman of Branded Entertainment Network
  • Chairman of TerraPower
  • CEO of Cascade Investment
  • Technology advisor at Microsoft

Board member of:

  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Berkshire Hathaway

Spouse(s): Melinda Gates (m. 1994)

Children: Phoebe Adele Gates, Rory John Gates, Jennifer Katharine Gates


William Henry Gates Sr.

Mary Maxwell Gates


Video game: DONKEY.BAS


  • Padma Bhushan (2015)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1992)
  • Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award (2013)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (1994)
  • Silver Buffalo Award (2010)
  • Bower Award for Business Leadership (2010)
  • Bambi - Millennium Award (2013)
  • Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment New Media (1997)

Early life

William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, U.S. He has British and German ancestry. His father William H. Gates, Sr. was a lawyer. His mother Mary Maxwell Gates served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. His parents wanted him to be a lawyer. At the age of 13, Bill went to Lakeside High School.

College career and the Founding of Microsoft

He was a freshman at Harvard University in 1973. He left Harvard to make software. Bill Gates saw an opportunity to transform the personal computer, which was expensive and difficult to use. He decided that computers could be made less expensive and easier to use. Gates started Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 'Gates then went on to develop the Windows operating system, which at first wasn't well received but with time became the most used operating system in the world.'

Net worth: $107.4 Billion USD

In 1986, Gates took Microsoft public. The company's stock was worth $520 million. Gates owned 45 percent of the stock himself which was worth $234 million. The company continued its rapid growth and the stock price soared. At one point, Gates' stock was worth over $100 billion. He was the richest man in the world. Now he is the second richest person in the world just behind Jeff Bezos as of October 2017.


Bill Gates has written two books:

The Road Ahead, written with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson, was published in November 1995. It summarized the implications of the personal computing revolution and described a future profoundly changed by the arrival of a global information superhighway.

Business @ the Speed of Thought was published in 1999, and discusses how business and technology are integrated, and shows how digital infrastructures and information networks can help getting an edge on the competition.

The Road Ahead (1995): Quotes'

  • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
  • The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers.
  • One of the wonderful things about the information highway is that virtual equity is far easier to achieve than real-world equity...We are all created equal in the virtual world and we can use this equality to help address some of the sociological problems that society has yet to solve in the physical world,"

Documentary films about Gates

  1. The Machine That Changed the World (1990)
  2. Triumph of the Nerds (1996)
  3. Nerds 2.0.1 (1998)
  4. Waiting for "Superman" (2010)
  5. The Virtual Revolution (2010)
  6. Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (2019)

Bill Gates/Quotes

  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
  • Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
  • Life is not fair; get used to it.
  • It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
  • If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
  • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.

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