With a fortune of $ 90 billion, Microsoft founder Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. He has all kinds of toys that rich people buy - from a personal jet plane to a house with a total area of 5.5 thousand square meters. Bill himself calls his house Xanadu 2.0.
Since the beginning of the computer revolution in the 1980s, Gates has been in the top rankings of the world's most famous people. It was he and Paul Allen who were responsible for this revolution. Since then, Gates's personal fortune has steadily increased, he began to engage in charity, donating billions of dollars to various projects through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
How did his life develop?
Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, the son of a lawyer and a school teacher. At school, Bill was a conflicted, but very intelligent boy. During his teenage years, Gates's zeal for knowledge was so strong that he read the entire printed encyclopedia of the World Book Encyclopedia.
Bill attended one of the most privileged private schools in Seattle. Interestingly, future Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also attended this educational institution. Gates himself often refers to the knowledge acquired at school, because it was they who helped him develop computers.
After graduating from high school in 1973, Gates entered the prestigious Harvard University. Initially, he studied law, but then moved to another faculty - later Gates chose higher mathematics and computer science.
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It was at Harvard that Gates met Steve Ballmer, who was later recruited to work at Microsoft and became the company's CEO. Despite the fact that they lived in the same Currier House dorm, the guys did not immediately meet. Currently, Gates and Ballmer are good friends.
Two years later, Gates dropped out of school and founded Microsoft with Paul Allen. Despite the fact that Bill never received his bachelor's degree, the management of Harvard still awarded him a law degree in 2007.
While still at school, Gates began developing software for the MITS Altair, the world's first personal computer. In 1977, Gate and Allen moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where MITS was headquartered. This is where the young software company was supposed to be. The photo below shows the first 11 Microsoft employees.
In 1979, Gates and Allen relocated Microsoft headquarters to their hometown of Seattle. Windows was released in 1985. The operating system became publicly available in 1986. In 1987, 31-year-old Gates became a billionaire.
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In 1995, Gates was named the richest person in the world with a fortune of $ 12.9 billion. Since then, he has not left the top lines of the ranking of the wealthiest people in the world.
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In 1998, Microsoft became a party to the lawsuit. The company was accused of violating antitrust laws. At the time, Gates' reputation was shaken.
He met his future wife Melinda Gates in 1987. She worked at Microsoft and subsequently participated in the development of several multimedia projects. Bill and Melinda got married in 1994. She soon left the company and started doing charity work.
Bill, Melinda and their three children live in a large modern home in Medina, Washington. The house is equipped with unusual futuristic features, including an underwater music system and special sensors that regulate music, temperature and lighting. The house has 24 bathrooms and a huge garage with space for 23 cars. The total cost of the house is $ 121 million.
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In addition to the many rooms, Gates' house has a huge library filled with books. Bill is an avid bibliophile. Rumor has it that he hired a special rare book dealer to fill the library. His collection includes Leonardo da Vinci's Codex of Leicester, a 15th century manuscript that Gates acquired at auction in 1994 for $ 30.8 million.
Besides his addiction to books, Gates also values art. In 1998, he acquired a Winslow Homer painting, Lost on the Grand Banks, for $ 36 million. The Gates collection includes works by Andrew Wyeth and William Merritt Chase.
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In 2013, the Microsoft founder paid $ 8.7 million for a mansion in Wellington, Florida. The Gates originally rented a house in Florida while their daughter Jennifer competed in an equestrian competition. The fact is that there are stables and a show jumping arena next to the house.
Gates also takes frequent sightseeing trips with his son. They were in mines, at power plants, and also visited Geneva (Switzerland) in order to look at the Large Hadron Collider. “He loves to study with me,” Gates once said.
It is known that the Microsoft founder also spent some time at a ski center in West Greenland. Very few people stay there and there are no lifts.
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Bill Gates is interested in high-speed cars. He had the following models at his disposal: Porsche 930 Turbo, Mercedes, Jaguar XJ6, Carrera Cabriolet 964 and Ferrari 348. When Microsoft was just starting, he bought a 1979 Porsche 911. In this car, Gates raced in the desert. Subsequently, the Porsche 911 was sold at auction for $ 80,000 in 2012.
In the late 90s, Gates bought a Porsche 959 - the car remained in customs for a long time, as it did not meet EPA standards. The Microsoft founder and other Porsche owners approached the administration of then President Clinton, after which an amendment called "Show and Display" was passed into US law. It allowed the importation of certain vehicles, exempting them from compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard if the vehicles are technologically significant.
One of Gates' favorite hobbies is playing tennis. In the photo below, he greets Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during a 2001 charity party.
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Warren Buffet is one of Gates' close friends. It was he who helped Bill and Miranda choose rings for the wedding. Buffett and Gates traveled frequently together, and also competed in tennis and bridge. Gates serves on the board of directors of Buffett's investment firm Berkshire Hathaway, and Buffett has donated billions of dollars to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the next photo, friends attend a basketball game. Rapper Ludacris sits next to them.
In 2000, Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, becoming president of the company. He currently serves as a technology advisor to current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. When Gates is not busy working at Microsoft, he travels with his wife around the world, doing charity work.
Gates purchased his jet in 1997. It was a very good buy, because the founder of Microsoft often travels to distant countries for charity purposes.
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In 2010, the Bill & Melinda Foundation teamed up with Warren Buffett to launch a campaign called The Giving People. The project encourages billionaires to donate some of their wealth to philanthropy. Since then, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, Steve Case and Mark Zuckerberg have joined the campaign.
Gates is an investor in startups such as Hampton Creek with a focus on plant-based egg replacement. In addition, the Microsoft founder is funding several projects to develop next-generation condoms to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.
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