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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News source: Harry K. Jones' Blog

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