Net Worth: $79.2 B (2015)
Fortune : Self Made
Source : Microsoft
Country Of Citizenship : United States
Residence : Medina‚ Washington‚ United States
Education : Harvard U‚ Drop Out
Date of Birth : October 28th 1955
Profession : Chairman of Microsoft (non-executive)‚ Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‚ Dir
Family : Parents: William H. Gates‚ Sr. Mary Maxwell Gates‚ Spouse(s): Melinda Gates (1994
The software visionary‚ who has brought about a revolution in the world of software with his ‘Microsoft’‚ is the 2nd richest man in the world with a hoping net worth of $53.0 billion. However 60% of his fortune is outside Microsoft only. He has significant investments in Four Seasons hotel chains‚ Televisa‚ Auto Nation and many others. He‚ however has given up his day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft as he is more keen on focusing on the philanthropist activities by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which is fighting for various causes like eradicating hunger‚ improving education in America’s schools‚ and medical researches like developing vaccines against malaria‚ tuberculosis and AIDS. After the dot-com bubble burst causing the fall in the stock price of Microsoft and the multi-billion dollar donations he had made towards charitable causes through Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‚ his net worth seems to have come down a bit.
Bill Gates has held the position of the Chairman of Microsoft‚ the software company that he co-founded with Paul Allen for a considerably long period of time. He is still a non-executive chairman at Microsoft. From 1995 to 2009 (excluding 2008 when he was ranked third) he had the monopoly of being ranked the first among the world’s wealthiest people by Forbes. In the year of 1999‚ he even surpassed $101 billion‚ making him a “centibillionaire" for a specific period of time.
William Gates III/ William Bill Gates iii had also been the CEO and chief software architect of Microsoft during his career there. He is the largest individual shareholder of Microsoft.
Gates is also the author and co-author of a lot of books.
The rule of William Gates III/ William Bill Gates iii on the software industry has been sometimes criticized by many industry insiders who do not seem to like the anti-competitive approach of Gates.
Bill Gates is not only known for making money through his Microsoft ventures. He is equally known for donating large amounts of money to various charitable causes and a lot of research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that had been established in 2000.He has been so engrossed in the activities and working towards it‚ that in January 2000 he stepped down as the chief executive officer of Microsoft‚ but still held the position of chairman. Later in the June of 2006‚ he announced that he will be only working part-time at Microsoft to accommodate full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has found his deserving successor in Ray Ozzie‚ chief software architect and Craig Mundie‚ chief research and strategy officer. June 27th‚ 2008 was his last full-day at Microsoft. Readmore...
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