Like many people, you probably know three common things about Bill Gates: he is the richest man in the United States (and the richest worldwide right now), he is the co-founder of one of the very successful tech firms of all time in the Microsoft, and he is a very generous philanthropist through their Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, an investor, a businessman, and a philanthropist, barely requires any introduction. Since founding Microsoft alongside Paul Allen on April 20th, 1975, Bill Gates has transitioned from a remarkable CEO to a famous philanthropist funding several projects which would assist the poor.
He has led a unique life — from Harvard University dropout to Microsoft co-founder and billionaire, to the globetrotting philanthropist. During that time, he has established an excellent reputation as a brilliant thinker, a strict manager, and someone who takes pure pleasure in doing the dishes.
Those are just but a few facts about Bill Gates. There are lots of things you probably don’t know about this co-founder of Microsoft. Let us take a look at some of the fascinating things you probably didn’t know about Bill Gates.
1. Bill Gates attended the exclusive Lakeside School, one of the few schools in the United States that had a computer terminal at that time. His keen interest in the computer programming was such that he had to be excused from the Mathematics classes to allow him to pursue it.
2. Gates did manage to hack his school program to schedule his fellow students in different classes. Through that process, he changed the code so that he placed himself in the classes with “disproportionate number of interesting girls.”
3. Fascinatingly enough, Microsoft was not the first venture of Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Earlier, they had come together to develop Traf-O-Data, a company which produced traffic counters built on Intel 8008 processors.
4. In 1994, he paid 30.1 million dollars at an auction for the Codex Leichester, a unique collection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s writings.
5. Being an ardent philanthropist, Bill Gates has clearly demonstrated that he’s very committed to giving back a significant portion of his fortune through numerous charities. In fact, Gates has allegedly reserved only about ten million dollars for each of his kids.
6. From 1995 to 2008, Bill Gates was the richest man in the world, before Warren Buffet dethroned him momentarily. In 2013, he took up the top first position gain after seeing his wealth increased by $15.8 billion to $78.5 billion.
7. 32 years after dropping out of Harvard in 2007, he returned to his university to receive an honorary degree, therefore upholding the promise he had made to his father to get a degree.
8. Through his foundation, Bill Gates has donated more than $28 billion, the largest capital volume ever used in charity work.
9. During one interview, he accidentally revealed that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, and Co-founder of Facebook, was engaged to Priscilla China, his long-time girlfriend. Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s Head of Communication rebutted the claim quickly.
10. The Los Angeles Times has criticized Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for investing in companies which have been accused of polluting heavily, worsening poverty, and pharmaceutical firms which don’t sell into the developing world.
11. After resigning as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in Jan. 2000, Bill Gates remained as chairman and even created the chief software architect’s position for himself.
12. Bill Gates was such a big fan of Minesweeper, the classic Windows game that he had to uninstall it from PC of his office to remain productive.
13. One of the amusements of Bill Gates’ kids is to tease him by singing the song ‘Billionaire’ by Travis McCoy and Bruno Mars.
14. Gates pays nearly $1 million in property taxes for his magnificent mansion overlooking Lake Washington which is valued at about $125 million.