Bill Gates

Business Magnate
Born Oct 28, 1955
Age 60
Hometown Seattle
Religion Agnosticism
Alma Mater Universitas Harva...
Other Names Gates, William He...

William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. Gates is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the second wealthiest person.… Read More

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Bill Gates
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Age 60



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1955 Birth Born on October 28, 1955.


In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1974 18 Years Old Gates did not have a definite study plan while a student at Harvard and spent a lot of time using the school's computers. Gates remained in contact with Paul Allen, and he joined him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974. … Read More
1975 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800, Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform. … Read More


1976 20 Years Old Microsoft's BASIC was popular with computer hobbyists, but Gates discovered that a pre-market copy had leaked into the community and was being widely copied and distributed. In February 1976, Gates wrote an Open Letter to Hobbyists in the MITS newsletter saying that MITS could not continue to produce, distribute, and maintain high-quality software without payment. … Read More
1981 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Gates oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington state and made Gates President of Microsoft and the Chairman of the Board. … Read More
1985 29 Years Old After being named one of Good Housekeepings "50 Most Eligible Bachelors" in 1985, Gates married Melinda French on January 1, 1994. … Read More


1987 31 Years Old In 1987 Gates was listed as a billionaire in Forbes magazine's 400 Richest People in America issue, just days before his 32nd birthday. … Read More
1993 37 Years Old Gates was number one on the Forbes 400 list from 1993 through to 2007 and number one on Forbes list of The World's Richest People from 1995 to 2007 and 2009. … Read More
1994 38 Years Old Gates studied the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, and in 1994 sold some of his Microsoft stock to create the "William H. Gates Foundation." … Read More


1997 41 Years Old Despite his wealth and extensive business travel Gates usually flew coach until 1997, when he bought a private jet. … Read More
1999 43 Years Old …  Gates was listed in the Sunday Times power list in 1999, named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Officers magazine in 1994, ranked number one in the "Top 50 Cyber Elite" by Time in 1998, ranked number two in the Upside Elite 100 in 1999 and was included in The Guardian as one of the "Top 100 influential people in media" in 2001. … Read More
2000 44 Years Old Gates stepped down as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in January 2000. … Read More


2006 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In a May 2006 interview, Gates commented that he wished that he were not the richest man in the world because he disliked the attention it brought. … Read More
2007 51 Years Old As of 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were the second-most generous philanthropists in America, having given over US$28 billion to charity; the couple plan to eventually donate 95 percent of their wealth to charity. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old Gates and his wife invited Joan Salwen to Seattle to speak about what the family had done, and on December 9, 2010, Gates, investor Warren Buffett, and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg signed a commitment they called the "Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge." … Read More
2013 57 Years Old In 2013, Gates became a LinkedIn Influencer.
2014 58 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 15, 2014, Bill Gates posted a video of himself dumping a bucket of ice water on his head, after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg challenged him to do so, in order to raise awareness for the disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). … Read More
In a March 2015 interview with Baidu's CEO, Robert Li, Gates claimed he would "highly recommend" Nick Bostrom's recent work, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. … Read More
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