About Bill Gates
American business magnate, computer programmer, investor, industrialist, philanthropist and author, Bill Gates has a net worth of $120.2 billion. The software giant, investor capitalist, and third richest person in the world co-founded the largest computer software company in the world called Microsoft with Paul Allen.
Since 1987, he has been included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world for the majority but four of those years. In October 2017, he was surpassed after that by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who possessed a net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates’s net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time.
In Bill’s earlier days at Microsoft, The company officially was established on April 4, 1975, with Bill Gates as the companies CEO, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO in 2008, and is the Chief Technology Advisor of Microsoft currently. The main reason for Bill stepping down at the company was so that he could concentrate all his energy on his charity work threw the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a charitable foundation he founded with his wife, Melinda. He is now the world’s third-richest person and the third richest in the United States.
Since becoming billionaire, he has donated over $28 billion to charities and encouraged over 40 of the world’s wealthiest to sign his “Giving Pledge” which aim’s to donate the majority of their wealth to charity during their lifetimes. A prime example is Warren Buffett whom is the largest donor to the charity. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is now one of the biggest philanthropic foundations in the world. He started giving to charity in 1999 when he donated $16 billion of his Microsoft stock to his family foundation.
Bill Gates Facts
Bill Gates also owns one of the the largest car collections in the world ranking on the top car collector list with Jay Leno. He is also the largest landowner in the United States. Gates was Knighted in a special ceremony in 1999 by Queen Elizabeth II.