Bill Gates Biography: American computer programmer, businessman, and philanthropist

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Bill Gates Biography

Bill Gates, in full William Henry Gates III, (born October 28, 1955, Seattle, Washington, U.S.), American computer programmer and entrepreneur who cofounded Microsoft Corporation, the world’s largest personal-computer software company.

Gates wrote his first software program at the age of 13. In high school he helped form a group of programmers who computerized their school’s payroll system and founded Traf-O-Data, a company that sold traffic-counting systems to local governments. In 1975 Gates, then a sophomore at Harvard University, joined his hometown friend Paul G. Allen to develop software for the first microcomputers

Bill Gates Wiki Profile

Full NameWilliam Henry “Bill” Gates III
Profession(s)Entrepreneur, American Business Magnate, Investor, Author and Philanthropist
Physical Stats & More
 Heightin centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 70 kg
in Pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourGreyish Blue
Hair ColourGray
Personal Life
Date of BirthOctober 28, 1955
Age (as of 2023)68 Years
BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, USA
Zodiac signScorpio
HometownSeattle, Washington, USA
SchoolLakeside School
CollegeHarvard College, Harvard University
Educational QualificationGraduation
Senator Chris Coons meeting with Bill Gates at the Russell Senate Office Building on November 8, 2019.

Bill Gates Early Life

Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. He is the son of William Gates, Sr., and Mary Maxwell gates. Gates’s father was a local lawyer, and his mother was active on a slew of local boards and banks. Gates has repeatedly discussed the positive results of his upbringing and noted that this helped with his success in life. Both also undoubtedly influenced his academic success and helped boost his extremely high IQ. 

Bill Gates Net Worth

Gates’ net worth is estimated to be $132.1 billion, although it has ranged over $150 billion at various points, with much of the reduction of Gates’ net worth believed to be associated with his charitable giving to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. While it is not a title he currently holds, Gates was once the richest man in the world.

Bill Gates: Awards and Achievements

Turing Award

The Turing Award is given to computer engineers, innovators, and inventors who have “shaped the foundations” of computing. It is named after Alan Turing, the famed mathematician and computer scientist. 

Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is one of the highest civilian honors an individual can win, given to individuals by the President of the United States in recognition of major contributions to the United States. Gates won the award in 2016 and was awarded it by then-President Barack Obama.

Padma Bhushan Award

The Padma Bhushan Award is given by the Indian government to individuals who have made major contributions to India. Bill and Melinda Gates were given this award in 2015 in recognition of their philanthropic work.

Bill Gates Biography

Some Lesser Known Facts About Bill Gates

  • Does Bill Gates smoke?: Not Known
  • Bill Gates was fanatical about Computers and Programming.
  • Gates admitted in Lakeside School, one of handful schools in the US with a computer terminal at the time.
  • Gates first computer program ever was a tic-tac-toe game.
  • Gates hacked his school program to schedule students in classes, changing the code so that he was placed in classes with “disproportionate number of interesting girls.”
  • Gates graduated from Lakeside School with a score of 1590 out of 1600, and then went to Harvard in 1973 where he met Steve Balmer.
  • In 1975, Gates dropped out of Harvard and joined his childhood friend Paul Allen to form a company which they named “Micro-Soft.” The hyphen fell off within a year.
  • In 1977 he was arrested in New Mexico for driving without a license.
  • Gates paid $30.1 million at an auction in 1994 for the Codex Leicester, a collection of writing by Leonardo Da Vinci.                  

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FAQs Related to Bill Gates

What are 3 facts about Bill Gates?

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.

What is the most important thing to Bill Gates?

Instead, in the words of Gates, “The most important thing is what friendship is all about.”

What is amazing about Bill Gates?

Most people know three things about Bill Gates: He is one of the richest men in the world. He cofounded one of the most successful tech companies of all time in Microsoft. He’s an extremely generous philanthropist through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Why is Bill Gates a hero?

Through providing education, vaccinations, investment in infrastructure, combatting diseases, and building improved sanitation facilities, Gates’ philanthropic endeavors have improved the lives of hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people and helped to save tens of millions of lives.

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