17 Facts About Microsoft’s Bill Gates [Video]


All of ur probably know Bill Gates from his tech background which made him a billionaire and is charity works. These are the main things people know him for but there are a few more things you may find interesting about this generous genius.

Business Insider and Inc. listed the following facts about Bill Gates:

  1. Charity comes naturally to Bill since his mother served United Way's board of directors

  2. Bill wrote his first code as a teenager in Lakeside Prep School. The program was written on a General Electric computer and was an electronic version of tic-tac-toe where you could play against the machine.

  3. He was born William Henry Gates III. Trey was his childhood nickname.

  4. Bill read the entire "World Book Encyclopedia" during his teens.

  5. He also almost perfected his SATs with a score of 1590 out of 1600.

  6. In prep school, they let him write the program for scheduling students classes. Bill wrote the code so he ended up in classes with "disproportionate number of interesting girls".

  7. While still attending Lakeside School in Seattle, Bill started a company with Paul Allen and Paul Gilbert and developed their Traf-O-Data 8008 computer.

  8. Bill left Harvard just 2 years into the program to pursue his cream of writing a software for the new generation of Altair 8800 computers.He and Paul Allen started a company they called, "Micro-Soft".

  9. In 2007, 32 years after dropping out, Harvard gave Gates an honorary degree.

  10. Bill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2005 for his charitable works and belongs in the Order of KBE.

  11. Business Adventures by John Brooks published in 1969 is his favorite book.

  12. In 1977, Bill was arrested in New Mexico for driving without a license and running a red light.

  13. Bill wanted to be a millionaire by age 30. However, in 1987 at age 31, he became a billionaire. The youngest one until the record was broken by a 23-year-old Mark Zuckerberg in 2008.

  14. In 1994, he splurged $30.8 million at an auction to acquire the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo Da Vinci.

  15. The Codex Leicester now resides in Bill's $125 million estate called Xanadu.

  16. His biggest regret is not learning any foreign language.

  17. In 2010 he signed the Giving Pledge with fellow billionaires, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett. It was a promise to give half of their wealth to charity.

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