Bill Gates is an American businessman, entrepreneur, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known for founding Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest personal computer software company.
Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. His father was an attorney and his mother served on charitable boards. As a child, Gates was an avid reader and showed an early interest in computers. In 1968, when he was just 13 years old, he wrote his first computer program.
Gates attended Harvard University in 1973 but dropped out two years later intending to build up Microsoft Corporation with Paul Allen. In 1985, Microsoft launched Windows, a graphical user interface for its operating system, which became the dominant PC operating system in the world.
Gates served as CEO of Microsoft until 2000 and was responsible for many of the company’s innovations, including the development of the Internet Explorer web browser and the Xbox gaming system.
In 2000, Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft to focus on his philanthropic work. Along with his former wife, Melinda Gates, he founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which aims to improve healthcare and reduce poverty in developing countries. The foundation has donated billions of dollars to various causes, including the fight against infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Gates has also been a prominent advocate for education reform in the United States, and he has written several books on the subject. He has received numerous honors and awards for his contributions to technology and philanthropy, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Although he has retired from his full-time work at Microsoft, Gates remains active in technology and philanthropy. He continues to serve as a board member for Microsoft and as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates married his wife, Melinda French, in 1994. The couple met when Melinda was working at Microsoft as a product manager. They have three children together.
In 2021, Gates faced criticism after reports surfaced about his past relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender. Gates has denied any wrongdoing, but the controversy has led to renewed scrutiny of his personal life and his role as a public figure.
In May 2021, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda announced that they were getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage. In a joint statement posted on Twitter, they said that they had “made the decision to end our marriage” and that they would continue to work together on their philanthropic efforts through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They finalized their divorce on August 2, 2021.
Despite the divorce, the couple has said that they will continue to work together on their philanthropic efforts. In a statement, they said that they “continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
|William Henry Gates III
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday
|October 28, 1955
|Age (As of 2023)
|67 years old
|Seattle, Washington, United States
|Physical Stats & More
|Bill Gates Sr.
|Mary Maxwell Gates
|Libby Gates MacPhee
|Affairs & More
|Melinda French Gates (m. 1994–2021)
|Sexual Orientation (Gay or Lesbian)
|Phoebe Adele Gates, Jennifer Catherine Gates, Rory John Gates
|Educational & Qualification
|University Dropped Out
|Lakeside prep school
|Source of Income & Net Worth
|105.3 billion USD (2023)
|Co-founder of Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
|Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (2005)
Padma Bhushan (2015)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)