William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist.
William Henry Gates III KBE (born October 28, 1955), is an American businessman, co-founder and president of Microsoft. He is the third richest person in the world behind Jeff Bezos in net worth as of December 2019. Education Lakerside School, Harvard University (dropped out).
He was a freshman at Harvard University in 1973. He left Harvard to make software. Bill Gates saw an opportunity to transform the personal computer, which was expensive and difficult to use. Gates then developed the Windows operating system, which was initially not well received but became the most widely used operating system in the world over time.
In 1986, Gates took Microsoft public. The company’s stock was worth $520 million. Gates owned 45 percent of the stock himself, which was worth $234 million.
Gates married Melinda French on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai on January 1, 1994. They have three children. The family resides in Xanadu 2.0, an earth-sheltered mansion on the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington.
In 2006, Gates announced that he would be quitting his job at Microsoft. That way he could have done more charities with his wife, Melinda. Their charity is called the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.