Is Bill Gates married? No, he isn’t. He is a divorced man and where his ex-wife’s name is Melinda French (born on August 15, 1964) who has previously served Microsoft as its general manager. The couple celebrated their wedding on January 1, 1994, which means that they have already enjoyed 26 years of conjugal life. Their wedding was held on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
On 26 April 1996, Gates and his wife became parents to their first child as a daughter named Jennifer Katharine Gates. On May 23, 1999, they became blessed with a son named Rory John Gates. Their second daughter named Phoebe Adele Gates was born on September 14, 2002. Their eldest daughter Jennifer who is an equestrian by profession is currently dating showjumper, Nayel Nassar.
The Gates family currently resides in Xanadu 2.0 Medina, Washington which is an earth-sheltered mansion that was valued 147.5 million USD for which Gates paid the tax amounting to 1.063 million USD in 2009. He announced a plan of getting a divorce from his wife on May 3, 2021. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Gates:
Who is Bill Gates?
Born as William Henry Gates III, he landed the planet on October 28, 1955, which makes his age be 65 years old as of 2020. By profession, he is an American businessman, philanthropist, investor, author and humanitarian. He has gained huge success as the pioneer of the microcomputer revolution and is widely known for being Microsoft Corporation’s principal founder.
He has served the Microsoft Corporation as the CEO, chairman as well as a chief software architect. Until May 2014, he was named as the largest individual shareholder of Microsoft. He was mentioned in the list of the world’s wealthiest people since 1987. For 19 years from 1995 to 2014, Gates received the title of the richest person in the world by the Forbes except for four years.
In October 2017, his net worth reached 89.9 billion USD which has now reached 105.5 billion USD as of October 2019. His ranking as the world’s richest person was surpassed by the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos (born on January 12, 1964) since October 27, 2017. Jeff Bezos has still maintained to remain the world’s richest person even after having a divorce settlement with his wife MacKenzie Bezos (born on April 7, 1970).
With his wife, he founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from where he has donated large amounts of money to various scientific research programs as well as some charitable organizations. He also founded The Giving Pledge with the business magnate, Warren Buffett (born on August 30, 1930) where many more billionaires pledge to donate at least half of their wealth for philanthropic purposes.
Early Life and Education
Gates was born in 1955 and his place of birth is in Seattle, Washington, the United States of America. Talking about his family background, he was born to the parents named William H. Gates Sr. (born on November 30, 1925) and Mary Maxwell Gates (born on July 5, 1929, and died on June 10, 1994). He carries English, Irish/Scots-Irish and German ancestry.
His mother was a businesswoman who served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem. Likewise, his father is a farmer as well as an author who published a book titled Showing Up for Life. His maternal grandfather named J. W. Maxwell used to work as a national bank president.
Gates is blessed with an elder sister named Kristi Gates and a younger sister Libby Gates. He grew up in the Sand Point area of Seattle where his family’s house as damaged by a rare tornado. His parents wished him to pursue a career in law. He was comparatively small for his age for which he suffered from bullying. He used to spend time in his room than making time with his friends.
His family supported and encouraged him. He went to the private Lakeside prep school. He was a talented child and developed an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC. He started learning source code for various programs like Lisp, Fortran and machine language. Along with his three friends, he was hired by Information Sciences, Inc.
To schedule students in classes, Gates developed the school’s student information system software. He formed a venture called Traf-O-Data based on the Intel 8008 processor at the age of 17. He also worked in the House of Representatives as a congressional page in 1972.
He received his graduation from Lakeside School in 1973 during which he was a National Merit Scholar. During the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT), Gates scored 1590 points out of 1600. In the autumn of 1973, he was enrolled at Harvard College where he took graduate-level computer science courses. With Paul Allen, he discovered an opportunity to start their own computer software company after the release of MITS Altair 8800 which was based on the Intel 8080 CPU. After two years of attending Harvard, he left college.
Career and Professional Life
After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics about the Altair 8800, Gates contacted the president of Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) who agreed to meet Gates and Allen for their work on a BASIC interpreter. Gates and Allen founded Microsoft on April 4, 1975. The term “Microsoft” was formed using the term “microcomputer” and “software”. On November 26, 1976, they registered the trade name “Microsoft”.
Microsoft turned as the most popular personal computer operating system with MS-DOS in the mid-1980. With the broad objective of the public’s involvement, the company’s IPO (initial public offering) was issued in 1986. The rise in the market price of the company made three people like the billionaire and also created about 12,000 millionaires.
The company has now expanded its field of operation with a number of corporate acquisitions including LinkedIn for 26.2 billion USD in December 2016. The company also purchased Skype Technologies in M<ay 2011 for 8.5 billion USD. The company is now named as the world’s most valuable company.
Gates made an announcement that he would transition out of his role at Microsoft on June 15, 2006, and shared his plan to being dedicated to philanthropy. Bill Gates due to his donation now has just 1.3% of Microsoft’s stake. He is on the board of directors of the company and has managed to work on other projects and philanthropy.
Bill Gates is married to his wife Melinda French since January 1, 1994. They are one of the richest couples in the world and deserves huge respect for their massive philanthropic effort. They have a beautiful family together who also includes their two daughters named Jennifer Katharine and Phoebe Adele as well as a son named Rory John.
Bill Gates Religion
Bill Gates has talked about his religion during an interview with American monthly magazine, Rolling Stone. His family is Catholic where his children go to the Catholic church with their mother. Gates values the moral concept of the religion and never discriminates any person regarding his race, faith and nationality.
American business magnate Bill Gates has a perfect height of 5 feet and 9.5 inches or 176.5 cm. He weighs about 74 kilograms or 163 lbs and has a perfectly balanced body structure, He always appears wearing glasses which can be considered as one of his distinctive features. He is having a healthy life as Gates is under a routine diet and workout plans.
Salary and Net worth
One of the greatest philanthropists in history, Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of 105.5 billion USD as of October 2019. He is receiving an impressive amount of salary for his contribution as Technology advisor at Microsoft as well as the Chairman of TerraPower and Branded Entertainment Network.
Gates has been making a huge amount of earning through the returns and dividends of the company where he has invested. He has been contributing to various charitable works through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of Bill Gates is prepared by various wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. He is active on Twitter @BillGates where he has amassed over 50 million followers. Join him on Instagram @thisisbillgates where Gates has garnered more than 4 million followers now. His Facebook page is available @BillGates.