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Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.

 

Software tycoon Bill Gates turns 58 today. Because he's the world's second-richest person (topped only by Carlos Slim, according to Forbes), you might expect him to have some pretty impressive living arrangements -- and guess what, you'd be right.

He built his 66,000-square-foot main residence on Lake Washington in Medina, Washington, over the course of several years. It was assessed this year (and the three years before that) at $120.6 million, down from a 2008 high of $150 million.

Some time ago, U.S. News & World Report ran a fairly extensive article plus slideshow (with renderings, not photos) about the home. But Gates -- who was originally quite voluble about the home -- hasn't talked much about it since. Among its unique features:

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Happy Birthday Bill Gates, thank you for Microsoft Windows and your charity work also! :D

 

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Congrats to Bill. :cake:

 

I wonder what the man who has 'everything' gets on his birthday .... :huh:

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Congrats to Bill. :cake:

 

I wonder what the man who has 'everything' gets on his birthday .... :huh:

 

His annual birthday "Treat" from Melinda?

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Happy Birthday, Bill Gates. I wish you a good one. :)

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Congrats to Bill. :cake:

 

I wonder what the man who has 'everything' gets on his birthday .... :huh:

 

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to "gift" him a Mac or iDevice :D

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Bill Gates needs to have a video tour of his mansion

 

I doubt he "needs" anything anymore.

 

Awesome house, and am sure that from a ground level it's breathtaking.  But from a birds-eye it actually looks kinda a mess!

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Happy B-Day!

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His annual birthday "Treat" from Melinda?

Yeah baby, yeah

 

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I doubt he "needs" anything anymore.

 

Awesome house, and am sure that from a ground level it's breathtaking.  But from a birds-eye it actually looks kinda a mess!

 

Full view is mess.. But if you view in Lite mode... it should be fine.

 

Or you view it in Bing maps.

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Real legit.  Wouldn't mind a tour ;)

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Miles of communication cable, largely fiber optic, run throughout the house," U.S. News reported, "linking computer servers powered by the Windows NT operating system. 

 

I bet he secretly uses Linux. :p

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Before Linux existed Gates uses Xenix

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