When you hear the name Bill Gates you think of a rich billionaire! Well you are right. Bill Gates is more than just a billionaire he is a very nice and kind guy. He has the most of anybody in the world of donating to charity with over 100 billion dollars.
When Bill was a kid he had big plans. Bill was the one who made Microsoft real. One of the guys he used to work with told him “this is the stupidest thing I have ever heard”. When he first starting working on Microsoft he was a mess. For instance at his work desk he had pizza crust all over his desk top. He also wore the same shirt everyday, and it had pizza stains all over it. Judging by his looks you would never tell he was easily the richest man in the United states. In his earlier days Gates attend Lakeside school(1967-1973) and Harvard(1973-1975. Gates was born on October 28, 1955 which puts him at the age of 63. Bill now lives in Seattle Washington. Bill Gates’ full name is William Henry Gates. Today Bills net worth is 97.3 billion dollars. Currently he is not the richest man alive know. Jeff Bezos the founder of amazon net worth is 133 billion dollars.
In March Bill Gates took Microsoft public. He took it with a public offering of $21 a share on (page 35). Making him a millionaire at age 31. Gates held 45 percent of the company 24.7 million shares making his stake at that time $234 million of Microsoft’s $520 million.The company’s stock increased in value and split numerous times. Bill Gates became a billionaire when the stock hit $90.75 a share. Since then Gates has been at the top or at least near the top of the richest list of the top 400 wealthiest people in America. In 1999 with stock prices at an all high and the stock splitting, fold since its the percent of the company Gates wealth briefly topped $101 billion. That’s a lot of money for a 31 year old. Also on Page 34 Microsoft invested $150 million of Apple products in 1997 to help rescue the trouble company.
In 1997 Gates and his family moved into a 66,000-square-foot $123 million house on the shore of Lake Washington. Though the house serves as a business center, it also is very warm and just a nice house for the couple and their three children.
In 1987 a 23 year old Microsoft product manager named Melinda French caught the eye of Bill Gates. The very bright and organized Melinda was a perfect match for Gates. In time their relationship grew as they discovered a connection. On January 1, 1994 Melinda and Bill were married in Hawaii. But Gates’ Mother shortly died after from breast cancer just a few months after their wedding Bill and Melinda Gates took some time off. In 1995 they traveled and found a new perspective on life and the world. In 1996 their first daughter Jennifer was born. Their son Rory was born in 1999 and a second daughter Phoebe arrived in 2002. Gates parents are William H. Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates.
In 1994 Bill and Melinda Gates established the William H. Gates Foundation which was supporting education in world health and investment in low income communities. With Melinda’s influence Bill had taken an interest in becoming a civic leader in the footsteps of his mother studying the work of American industrial titans Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. He realized that he had a choice to give more of his wealth to charity. Over the next few years Bill’s Foundation occupied much of his time and even more of his interest to his foundation. In the book it states ‘in January 2000 there were 2 foundation that combined into a new body’( on page 39).Gates announced he was putting himself from full time work at Microsoft to devote more quality time to the foundation. His last full day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. In February 2014 Gates stepped down as leader of Microsoft in order to move into a new position as technology adviser longtime.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was replaced by 46 year old Satya Nadella. Bill continues towards put his time and energy to the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization takes all kinds of issues such as health and education and helping students in the United States become college ready. In 2015 Gates spoke out in favor of National Common Core standards in grades K through 12 at schools. Gates also proved to be a groundbreaking employer when and around this time the foundation announced that it would give its employees a year paid leave after the birth or the adoption of a child. In 2017, the foundation launched the first of what was to become its annual Goalkeepers, report an examination of progress made in several important areas related to public health, including child mortality malnutrition and HIV. At the time Gates identified infectious and chronic disease as the two biggest public health concerns that needed to be addressed over the coming decade.
Bill as you know has a lot of money. He has so much money that he gives it away. He makes $101 a second so if he drops $100 bill it is not worth his time to pick it up. In the (book page 43) he says ‘a wonderful time to be alive’ he says that because Bill believes that if children are healthy and well cared for they can use their energy and intelligence to improve their lives. Bill also signed a document that he will give 95% of his wealth away. Bill Gates has given away 2.5 billion away to world care $1.5 billion to education $158 million to libraries $262 million to pacific west projects and others projects $382 million all together he has gave away $4.8 billion of his money. As you can see Bill Gates is one of the most richest guys in the world, but yet he is a billionaire he is also one of the kindest and nicest person you will ever meet.
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