Bill Gates (Microsoft): history, fortune, foundation…

Bill Gates (Microsoft): history, fortune, foundation…

Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoftone of the 5 GAFAM companies. 66 years old today this computer engineer is here 4th richest person in the world in 2022.

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The story of Bill Gates: childhood, studies and passions

Bill Gates was born in Seattle in the United States and comes from a relatively wealthy family. He quickly developed a passion for IT and integrated Lakeside Schoola very selective school. At only 13 years old, he programs a game with his childhood friend, Paul Allen, who will also be the future co-founder of Microsoft.

In 1973he joined the University of Harvard and meet people who will prove to be decisive for the continuation of his projects, such as Steve Ballmer who will become the boss of Microsoft. Preferring to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects, he will stay only one year in one of the best universities in the world.

At 20 and still accompanied by his friend Paul Allen, he created the first computer language to have worked on a commercial microcomputer: the Altair BASIC. It is also the company’s first software Microcomputer Softwarebetter known as Microsoft today.

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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

  • 1975: Bill Gates and Paul Allen create Microsoft

The 2 friends are revolutionizing microcomputing by making it accessible to the general public with the launch of the Microsoft company. From the beginning of the 1980s, the start-up enjoyed enormous success and designed for IBM the MS-DOS operating system for personal computers.

  • 1985: First version of Windows for the general public

At the beginning and during the first ten years, Windows is a simple graphical interface and not yet an operating system. Its success is slow because the platform remains not very intuitive but some time later, Windows makes Microsoft’s fortune.

  • 2000: Bill Gates steps down as Microsoft CEO and devotes himself to his foundation

After being in the spotlight and appearing in Forbes among the richest personalities on the planet, Bill Gates chose to gradually withdraw from public life and to devote his time and energy to his foundation and to humanitarian causes.


How wealthy is Bill Gates?

From 1996 to 2007, Bill Gates was the richest man in the world. Today, he stands at the 4th place with a fortune amounting to more than $114 billion in June 2022.

He is, however, known to distribute much of his wealth to charities : he would have poured over $40 billion.

You would think that the majority of Bill Gates’ fortune comes from Microsoft, yet he only owned 1.3% of his company when it was founded, which is equivalent to $16 billion. He has repeatedly sold some of his Microsoft shares in order to reinvest them in his foundation or in his other company, Cascade Investment. It is precisely thanks to this holding company, which is in fact a investment fundwhich the billionaire owns nearly 60% of his fortune. Cascade Investment has carried out several takeovers of companies such as the group Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts or acquisitions of farmland worth $690 million.

The billionaire has also made many personal investments and holds units in its own name or in the name of Cascade in McDonalds, Coca Cola, FedEx, Walmart or even Exxon Mobile.


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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: charity, values ​​and significant investments in research

In 2000, Bill and Melinda Gates created the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. to reduce poverty, illiteracy and improve health care in the third world but also to expand access to education and information technology in the United States.

The 66-year-old has always demonstrated a incredible generosity and is appreciated for having retained its simplicity and its values.

Today their foundation is the largest private charitable foundation on earth. According to Forbes, the billionaire gave $35.8 billion in Microsoft shares to the Foundation.

Even after the divorce of the two spouses in 2021, these remain the co-chairs and continue to work every day to fight against malnutrition, infant mortality and many other causes.

For his part, Bill Gates also invests enormously in the research, innovation and health especially for Alzheimer’s disease.

The 5 best facts about Bill Gates

  • In 2004, he received more than 4 million e-mails per day, which forces him to create a special service at Microsoft responsible for sorting all this spam. After selection, only about ten emails reach him daily.
  • If Bill Gates hadn’t listened to his friend Warren Buffet’s advice and kept his 35% stake in Microsoft, he would have a fortune amounting to more than 1.2 trillion dollars…
  • In the 2000s, he had a monopoly lawsuit and was threatened with dissolution of his company
  • Bill Gates loves to play Bridge, especially with his faithful friend warren buffet and he participates in high-level tournaments
  • Bill Gates, during an interview for the BBC revealed that he had a habit at the beginning of memorize Microsoft employee license plates in order to know who arrived and left work. At that time, Gates was working hard and felt that his employees should do the same.

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Finally, a quote from Bill Gates that I particularly like…

“Success is a bad teacher. It makes smart people believe they are infallible.”

Bill Gates