Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Leaders - Bill Gates

Everyone knows the most recent headlines about our country's greatest leaders. In this feature, we'd like to shed some light on the lesser-known facts about these folks in hopes of giving you a little greater insight as to what makes them tick.

Bill Gates

  • William Henry Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • His father William was a corporate lawyer, and his mother Mary was a schoolteacher.
  • By the age of 17, Gates had sold his first computer program, a time-tabling system for his high school, for $4,200.
  • Gates scored 1590 on his SAT standardized test. The top score for the test is 1600.
  • Gates told his university teachers he would be a millionaire by age 30. He became a billionaire at age 31.
  • While at Harvard, Gates co-wrote Altair BASIC, which became Microsoft's (then called Micro-Soft) first product.
  • He met his wife, Melinda French, in 1987 at a Microsoft press event in Manhattan while she was a worker for the company. They would go on to get married on New Years Day in 1994.
  • In 2002, Bill Gates was considered more idolized than Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung in a poll of teenagers in Hong Kong and China. The survey was conducted by the City University of Hong Kong.
  • In 2005, Gates was honored with the title Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
  • As of the March 2007 issue of Forbes magazine, Bill Gates has been listed as Number 1 on "Forbes' Richest People" list for 13 years in a row. His current net worth is about $56 billion.
  • Gates has recently announced that he will be reducing his involvement at Microsoft and will be devoting more time to his charity work.
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One thing I really respect about Bill is you never see him running around tooting his own horn. Guess he's too busy giving back to the world to do that

Gates told his university teachers he would be a millionaire by age 30. He became a billionaire at age 31.

Big headed, are we?

i personally have little to no respect for much of microsoft (though they are turning that around a lot with their web 2.0 efforts and their encouraging of people to use their products rather than forcing them) but bill gates does deserve a LOT of respect. i really feel he is a nice man and uses his knowledge for good. those who feel he's the reason microsoft does a lot of bad don't understand that even though he can go down to anyone in microsoft and say "you're fired" that's actually not his business. his job is all the high level stuff whereas the lower guys in different departments take care of the other stuff. there are things about microsoft he doesn't like but he can't change them. he has the ability but he'd be taking the time he has to do his job to do someone else's.

Why Bill rocks and is a true humanitarian:
As of 2006, the foundation (Gates and Melinda ...) has an endowment of approximately US$33.7 billion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_and_Meli...ates_Foundation

Why others who are as fortunate as him don't even compare:
Walmart: The Walton family has given an estimated 1% of their wealth to charity, but made 3.2 million in political contributions in 2004 alone. The Walton family received a federal tax cut of $91,500 for every hour of the 2004 tax year.

Those are NOT little known facts - some of them are common knowledge. I'm all for interesting articles with collections of trivia, particularly about someone as important in the computer industry as Bill Gates, but this is just a blatant excuse to promote someone's blog. The more blogs that are incorporated into the main page the less the content can be trusted and the less verifcation there is on the information presented. I am not in favour of this editorial decision.

Isn't it ironic that the two riches men in the world get more joy out of giving their money away than in making it.

He has stated time and time again that just because he was in the right place at the right time doesn't mean that it should only benefit himself.

I met Bill Gates when he was in Montreal in 2002 for bridge.

But suffice it to say, Gates really is a humanitarian. Let's just forget about Windows for 1 minute and realize all the stuff he is doing to better the world outside of computing.

He deserves it all.

I think that knighthood was for upgrading the UK's medical systems into a bugridden mess. MS walked away with tons of cash and left hospitals with less than they started with.

to be recognized for his business skills and for his work on poverty reduction.

He and his wife, who have three children, are also known for their charitable work.

As well as investing millions in research for an Aids vaccine, their foundation has also established a scholarship scheme to enable the brightest students to go to Cambridge University.


so what has your OS creator done to help others less fortunate?