Bill Gates Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Bill Gates net worth is
$89 Billion

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William Henry Gates III was born on 28 October 1955, in Seattle, Washington USA, of mixed English, Scots-Irish and German ancestry. Bill Gates is famous worldwide as the co-founder and former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal computer software company, but  is also known as a very generous philanthropist.

So just how rich is Bill Gates? Sources have recently estimated that Bill has a net worth of $89 billion, making him currently the richest person in the world. His wealth has been accumulated from his career as an inventor, computer programmer, businessman and investor.

Bill Gates Net Worth $89 Billion

Bill Gates’ father, William was a prominent lawyer, and his mother, Mary worked on the board of directors at First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Bill was educated at Lakeside School, and in 1973 enrolled at Harvard College, but dropped-out as he recognised an  opportunity to set-up a computer software company with friend Paul Allen, being firmly convinced that the computer would become a valuable tool in every office and home. They officially established Microsoft in April 1975, with Gates as the CEO, and that point was the real beginning of Gates’ accumulation of net worth. According to their vision, they began developing software for personal computers: the rest really is history.

Under the direction of Bill Gates, Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM in 1980, and launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows in 1985. Since then both Gates and Microsoft have gone from strength to strength in the computing industry. From 1975 until 2006, Gates had primary responsibility for the company’s product strategy, obviously successfully as Microsoft’s current market capitalisation is well over $385 billion – behind only Apple and Exxon – supported by constant research, innovation and inventions in the IT industry. Of course, Bill Gates’ net worth has risen commensurately with the success of the company over more than 30 years.

Bill Gates also has several investments outside Microsoft, which have all contributed to his net worth. He founded Corbis, a digital imaging company, in 1989. In 2004 he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company headed by long-time friend Warren Buffett. Cascade Investment, LLC is an American holding and Investment Company controlled by Bill Gates. BgC3 LLC is a company founded by Gates, too. He invested in TerraPower is a nuclear reactor design spin-off company of Intellectual Ventures. All have contributed consistently to Gates’ net worth.

In 2006, Bill Gates relinquished hands-on control of Microsoft, and in 2014 announced his resignation as Chairman of Microsoft’s Board of Directors.

Bill Gates has authored two books: ‘The Road Ahead’ co- written with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson, and ‘Business @ the Speed of Thought’ co-written with Collins Hemingway. Both have made a positive impact on Bill Gates’ net worth, as have several documentaries and feature films, including ‘Triumph of the Nerds’ directed by Paul Sen, ‘Waiting for “Superman”’ directed by Davis Guggenheim, ‘The Virtual Revolution’ a British television documentary series presented by Aleks Krotoski, ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’ directed by Martyn Burke, and ‘The Social Network’ directed by David Fincher.

In his personal life, Bill Gates married Melinda French in 1994; they have three children. Although no longer private, a consequence of Gates’ wealth saw Bill and Melinda Gates establish the charity ‘Gates Foundation’ in 2000, which is one of the biggest foundations worldwide, with the aim of reducing poverty by educating people. The foundation is controlled by Bill, his wife Melinda and trustee Warren Buffett. The ‘Foundation’ has won the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation and the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 28, 1955
Birth place: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:135 lbs (61.37 kg)
Profession:Entrepreneur, Programmer, Businessperson, Investor, Software Architect
Education:Harvard College (1973–1975), Lakeside School (1967–1973)
Nationality:American
Spouse:Melinda Gates (m. 1994)
Children:Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates
Parents:William H. Gates, Sr., Mary Maxwell Gates
Siblings:Libby Gates, Kristi Gates
Awards:Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016), Padma Bhushan (2015), National Medal of Technology and Innovation (1992), Silver Buffalo Award (2010), Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award (2013), Satellite Special Achievement Award (1997)
Movies:The Machine That Changed the World (miniseries), Triumph of the Nerds (1996), Nerds 2.0.1 (1998), Waiting for "Superman", The Virtual Revolution (2010)
TV shows:Desert Island Discs (2016 (2016), BBC Radio 4's), Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together at D5 Conference (2007), The Social Network
Books:The Road Ahead (1995), Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System (1999), Level 6 Pack, The Road Ahead: Level 3 (1999), Level 6 Pack Updated, Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime (2009)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1As of 9/28/2015 and given his current estimated net worth of $79,200,000,000, Bill has made an average of ~$41.80 every second of his life.
2Shares birth date with Digby Jones, Indra Nooyi, and Gary Lavergne.
3Bill and Melinda were married in Lanai (Hawaii) where the 100+ guests included Warren Buffett, Katherine Graham, Paul G. Allen and Craig McCaw. Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson entertained the guests at the wedding reception.
4He is now Chairman and Chief Software Architect.
5He has two sisters, one older and one younger.
6He and his wife, Melinda Gates, were both awarded the 2010 'J. William Fulbright' Prize for International Understanding.
7Forbes magazine estimated Microsoft chief's net worth at $53 billion, making him the world's richest American. Friend Warren Buffett came in second place with a net worth fortune estimated at $47 billion. [February 2010]
8Mentioned in the song "High School Never Ends by Bowling for Soup, as "captain of the chess team".
9His dad was friends with Wilbert Saunders, (1908-2006), who founded World Concern with Jim McCoy. At first, the company started as a small business called Medicinces for Missions, then was renamed World Concern in 1973. Gates attended Wilbert Saunders' funeral.
10As of March 2006, the 12th year in a row as #1 on Forbes' list of The World's Richest People, with a net worth exceeding $50 billion (US).
11Made an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II on March 2, 2005. Because he is not a British citizen, he may not use the title Sir, but is allowed to put KBE after his name.
12Has been the richest man in the world consistently every year since 1998 except for 2010 and 2011, when he was surpassed by Carlos Slim Helu. Bill was again ranked the richest man for 2012.
13Has a measured IQ of 160, signifying genius intelligence.
14Children: Jennifer Katharine (26 April 1996), son Rory John (23 May 1999), Phoebe Adele (14 September 2002)
15Derided by critics as "Chairman Bill" after Chinese Communist leader Zedong Mao, who was popularly known as "Chairman Mao." In a March 2002 poll of over 1,600 teenagers in Hong Kong and mainland China by researchers at the City University of Hong Kong, Gates outranked Mao as the person they idolized the most.
16Became a billionaire (US dollars) at age 31, making him the youngest self-made billionaire in history.
17His personal wealth exceeds the Gross National Product (GNP) of some Third World countries.
18Is an avid reader.
19Has endowed a foundation that has given several billion dollars to various charitable and educational projects.
20Dropped out of Harvard University in 1975 to devote himself full-time to Microsoft.
21His company, Microsoft, went public on 28 October 1985, his 30th birthday.
22As of 2005, his personal fortune was in excess of $46 billion.
23Enjoys playing golf and bridge.


Quotes

#Quote
1So we began our work in the same way anyone here would begin it. We asked: "How could the world let these children die?" The answer is simple, and harsh. The market did not reward saving the lives of these children, and governments did not subsidize it. So the children died because their mothers and their fathers had no power in the market and no voice in the system. But you and I have both. We can make market forces work better
2I am an optimist. But I am an impatient optimist. The world is getting better, but it's not getting better fast enough, and it's not getting better for everyone
3Humanity's greatest advances are not in its discoveries-but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity. Whether through democracy, strong public education, quality health care, or broad economic opportunity-reducing inequity is the highest human achievement
4if we can stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or at least make a living, serving people who are suffering from the worst inequities. We also can press governments around the world to spend taxpayer money in ways that better reflect the values of the people who pay the taxes. If we can find approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business and votes for politicians, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce inequity in the world
5Members of the Harvard Family: Here in the Yard is one of the great collections of intellectual talent in the world. What for purpose? There is no question that the faculty, the alumni, the students, and the benefactors of Harvard have used their power to improve the lives of people here and around the world. But can we do more? Can Harvard dedicate its intellect to improving the lives of people who will never even hear its name? Let me make a request of the deans and the professors-the intellectual leaders here at Harvard: As you hire new faculty, award tenure, review curriculum, and determine degree requirements, please ask yourselves: Should our best minds be dedicated to solving our biggest problems? Should Harvard encourage its faculty to take on the world's worst inequities? Should Harvard students learn about the depth of global poverty... the prevalence of world hunger... the scarcity of clean water ...the girls kept out of school... the children who die from diseases we can cure? Should the world's most privileged people learn about the lives of the world's least privileged?
6Developing a systematic way to help teachers get better is the most powerful idea in education today. The surest way to weaken it is to twist it into a capricious exercise in public shaming. Let's focus on creating a personnel system that truly helps teachers improve.
7At Microsoft, we created a rigorous personnel system, but we would never have thought about using employee evaluations to embarrass people, much less publish them in a newspaper. A good personnel system encourages employees and managers to work together to set clear, achievable goals. Annual reviews are a diagnostic tool to help employees reflect on their performance, get honest feedback and create a plan for improvement. Many other businesses and public sector employers embrace this approach, and that's where the focus should be in education: school leaders and teachers working together to get better.
8I am a strong proponent of measuring teachers' effectiveness, and my foundation works with many schools to help make sure that such evaluations improve the overall quality of teaching. But publicly ranking teachers by name will not help them get better at their jobs or improve student learning. On the contrary, it will make it a lot harder to implement teacher evaluation systems that work.
9If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
10It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
11Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
12In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.
13Microsoft was founded with a vision of a computer on every desk, and in every home. We've never wavered from that vision.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013BambiBambi AwardsMillenium· Melinda Gates
1997Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Contribution to New Media


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frasier2001TV SeriesBill Gates

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture2013TV Series documentary 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Knight of the Living Dead2005Video special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fareed Zakaria GPS2016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
On the Money2014-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Chair, Gates Foundation / Himself - Founder, Microsoft
Global Citizen Festival2015TV MovieHimself
Charlie Rose1998-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+2014-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo2015TV SeriesHimself - Co-Founder, Microsoft
Vlogbrothers2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Skavlan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
60 Minutes2004-2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Microsoft Founder (segment "The Giving Pledge") / Himself - Philanthropist (segment "Bill Gates 2.0") / Himself - Philanthropist (segment "Giving Away a Fortune") / ...
Bambi Verleihung 20132013TV MovieHimself - Winner
Q&A2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CodeStars2013Documentary shortHimself
The Colbert Report2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Give Us the Money2012DocumentaryHimself
Das Milliardenversprechen2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation2011DocumentaryHimself - Video
Yang Lan Fang Tan Lu2011TV SeriesHimself
Markus Lanz2011TV SeriesHimself
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself
TEDTalks2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2007-2011TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2010TV SeriesHimself
Freakonomics2010DocumentaryHimself
The Virtual Revolution2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Co-Founder: Microsoft
Berlin Mitte2010TV SeriesHimself - Interview
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Money Programme2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Der Zucker-Code: Geheimwaffe gegen Krebs und Malaria?2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Flunked2008DocumentaryHimself
Buffett and Gates Go Back to School2006TV MovieHimself
Spam: The Documentary2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Morning2006TV SeriesHimself
BBC News 242006TV SeriesHimself
The Notorious B.G.: A Forum with Bill Gates2005TV MovieHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself
Unsere Besten2003TV SeriesHimself
Waratte iitomo!2002TV SeriesHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2000TV SeriesHimself
Wetten, dass..?2000TV SeriesHimself
Sabine Christiansen1999TV Series
Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet1998TV Mini-SeriesHimself (co-founder, Microsoft)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Caiga quien caiga1997TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHimself
The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires1996TV Movie documentaryHimself (co-founder, Microsoft)
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHimself
7 sur 71995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shin denshi rikkoku1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Microsoft Presents: The Start of Something New1995TV MovieHimself
Good Morning America1994TV SeriesHimself
Work in Progress1993TV Movie documentaryHimself - Chairman Microsoft Corporation
Today1989-1993TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Joueur du Grenier2016TV SeriesHimself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Microsoft
60 Minutes2001-2016TV Series documentaryHimself - Microsoft Founder (segment "The Giving Pledge") / Himself - Founder, Microsoft (segment "TED Talks") / Himself (segment "The Co-Founder") / ...
SPHINX: Genesis2015ShortHimself
America's Book of Secrets2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Building the Machine2014Documentary shortHimself
Cavuto on Business2013TV SeriesHimself - Chairman, Microsoft Corporation
DWDD University: De wereld van Klöpping2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Co-Founder: Microsoft
Late Show with David Letterman2011TV SeriesHimself - Being Hit With Pie
Bloomberg Game Changers2010-2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Founder, Microsoft / Himself - Microsoft Founder
Memòries de la tele2010TV SeriesHimself
Lamastalgia2010TV SeriesHimself
Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement2007Video documentaryHimself
Der Geist des Geldes2007DocumentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
World Business Satellite2007TV SeriesHimself
Objetos perdidos2007TV SeriesHimself
Canada A.M.2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself
How William Shatner Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Gintbergs store aften - hver aften2005TV SeriesHimself
Fantástico 30 Anos - Grandes Reportagens2004Video documentaryHimself
Aunque usted no lo viera2004TV SeriesHimself
Computer Chronicles2002TV SeriesHimself - Windows XP launch
Leben nach Microsoft2001DocumentaryHimself
Revolution OS2001DocumentaryHimself
Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - #41

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