Everyone using computers & laptops today is well aware of the Microsoft world. A revolution brought by the world’s largest software company “Microsoft” founded by Bill Gates forever changed how the world used computers.
Being a businessman, an author, investor & the wealthiest young American as listed by Forbes, Bill Gates is also a humanitarian and is known for his generous donations. Let’s know more about how Bill Gates became the wealthiest man on earth, and what his net worth is as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Bill Gates, son of William H. Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell was born in Seattle, Washington. Born in 1955, Bill Gates belongs to a prominent family as his grandfather J.W. Maxwell served as the National Bank president and his father was an eminent lawyer.
He did his primary schooling from a private school named The Lakeside School. He was in grade eight when he first got the opportunity to discover his interest in programming. It was a general electric system in BASIC on which Bill Gates wrote his first program to facilitate the gaming experience of players. He was keen to pursue his interest and did other operating hacks to fulfill it. He was once banned by the Computer Center Corporation for being involved in creating computer bugs aimed at extending free computer time.
He was granted programming work at school later when they discovered his talent. In 1973, Bill Gates graduated from the Lakeside school as a national merit scholar. He got admission in Harvard College later that year but left it after two years to start his own software company.
Bill Gates is married to Melinda French since 1994. They have three children together. Bill, with his family, lives in a luxury mansion facing Lake Washington in Medina, Washington state.
Career, Awards, and Nominations:
When Bill Gates was in school, he met Paul Allens, and they both became fast friends because of their shared interest- Computers! They both later planned to establish a software company named “Micro-Soft” in the year 1975. It was a period of software revolution back then making the company a successful one. They started developing programming languages for various operators. The company struck its first lucrative deal when they were approached by the International Business Machine (IBM) to develop a BASIC interpreter for their latest PC. The name Microsoft started to gain wide appreciation when they developed their own operating system in 1985 called “Windows,” a well-known name today. Windows earned Bill Gates, the name, fame, and colossal fortune that he deserved, as it witnessed an exceptional financial rise over the coming years.
We all are quite familiar with Microsoft Office, which encloses Word and Excel within it. Well, it too was launched in 1985 by Microsoft, an innovation that was followed by a boost of internet utility across the world much like a forest fire. Microsoft became a popular name among computer users. Bill Gates was the CEO of Microsoft till 2000 but later chose to become a chairman instead to sort time for his philanthropic venture, “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” Since 2014, Bill Gates serves as the technology advisor to the new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella.
Bill Gates received the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged in 2000, the Bower Award from The Franklin Institute in 2010 for Business Leadership, and also the Padma Bhushan along with his wife Melinda for their philanthropic work in India, 2010.
Net Worth & Earning
As of 2018, Bill Gates is the second richest man on Earth with a net worth of $98.5 billion. He owns 2.3% of all Microsoft shares which makes up 13% of his total wealth. Bill Gates’ worth comes mainly from his personal investment company, “Cascade Investment LLC.” It is because of this company that Bill Gates holds a huge wealth in real estate. He is also a shareholder in establishments like Republic Services Inc, Autonation, Canadian National Railway & Tractor Maker Deere & Co. He owns an extraordinarily tech-savvy & luxurious house named Xanadu that costs around $147 million. He also owns an Island, “The Grand Bogue Caye.” His luxury car collection includes – a Porsche 959 Coupe, Porsche 911 Carrera, and the Porsche 930.
Bill Gates is a visionary man who made the world witness his massive success with his keen interest & ambition. Leaving off everything behind, he set off on his voyage to achieve something that changed the world’s perception towards computers. He will be remembered eternally for his contribution to the world of technology. He will also be recognized for his big heart & his foundation through which he manages to provide help & everything else he could, to this ailing world.