William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. Gates co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; it went on to become the world’s largest personal computer software company. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect.
He was also the largest individual shareholder of Microsoft until May 2014. Later in his career and since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008, Gates pursued a number of philanthropic endeavours. He donated large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world’s largest private charity. In 2009, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.
Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of $131 billion.
Date of birth:
October 28, 1955
United States of America
Source of wealth:
Co-founder of Microsoft