Bill Gates Net Worth

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is an American businessman and philanthropist with an estimated net worth of $80.7 billion as of March 2016. Born on October 28, 1955 to William and Mary Gates, he was born in Seattle. His mother was on the board of directors for the First Interstate BancSystem as well as the United Way, and his father was a very well-known attorney. As he grew up, his parents thought he might become an attorney and follow in the footsteps of his father, but he had another plan in mind. His family was very competitive in everything that they did; always rewarding the winner of a competition and always penalizing the loser in some way. A nice lesson in a world currently filled with participation trophies.

He became interested in computers when he was only 13 and the Mothers Club at his private prep school used the funds they’d raised to purchase the school a Teletype Model 33 ASR and some computer time. Bill Gates found that he really enjoyed spending time on the machine because it was truly fascinating. He would spend as much time as he possibly could working on it, and that is the very machine on which he made his first ever code. It was for a game that was very similar to tic-tac-toe for him and his classmates to play. He was fascinated and intrigued and developed a passion for computers at that point in his life.

Bill Gates and four other students were banned from using the school computer after the administration caught them exploiting bugs on it, and they then worked out a deal to work on them for time to use them. He was so good at what he did as far as programming, he was asked by his school to code the scheduling for the school. He would do so, and then put himself in classes filled with girls and very few boys. He knew right away he wanted to work with computers. He became a congressional page in the US House of Representatives when he was a high school graduate in 1973 before he attended Harvard after he scored only 10 points shy of perfect on his SATs. He and Steve Ballmer met in college, and he kept in touch with Paul Allen throughout his college career. They dropped out of college in 1975 and began their own software company. His parents were supportive of his decision, and for good reason.

Microsoft was born. Throughout his life, he has created more software items, more codes and more computer software than you or I could imagine, and he has become a very wealthy man. IBM approached Gates in 1980 and wanted to partner, and that’s when things really did go insane for him. 1985 brought the introduction of Windows. From there, he began investing in other businesses, such as the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, as well as Corbis. He prefers to spend his time working on his philanthropy, and has said he will leave almost all of his fortune to charity rather than to his kids or wife, though they will get a handsome sum of his money upon his death.

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