Meet The Richest Man in the World — Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is a household name known to all and sundry as a wealthy billionaire and one of the pioneers of Microsoft but beyond that what do we really know about him?

world's richest man bill gatesGates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. He is the son of William H. Gates, Sr and Mary Maxwell Gates. Gates’ ancestral origin includes English, German, and Irish. Scots-Irish William Henry “Bill” Gates is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor.

He dropped out of Harvard to pursue his programming dreams with the support of his parents. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest PC software company. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Gates has authored and co-authored several books.

Gates married Melinda French on January 1, 1994. They have three children: daughters Jennifer Katharine (b. 1996) and Phoebe Adele (b. 2002), and son Rory John (b. 1999). The family resides in the Gates home, an earth-sheltered house in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina.

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Starting in 1987, Gates was included in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014 excluding a few years after the financial crisis of 2007–08. Between 2009 and 2014, his wealth doubled from US$40 billion to more than US$82 billion. Between 2013 and 2014, his wealth increased by US$15 billion. Gates is currently the richest man in the world.

A passionate techie and a shrewd businessman, Bill Gates changed the world while leading Microsoft to dizzying success. Now he’s doing it again with his own style of philanthropy and passion for innovation. A geek icon, tech visionary and business trailblazer, Gates’ leadership,fuelled by his long-held dream that millions might realize their potential through great software made Microsoft a personal computing powerhouse and a trendsetter in the Internet dawn. Whether you’re a suit, chef, quaint, artist, media maven, nurse or gamer, you’ve probably used a Microsoft product today.

In summer of 2008, Gates left his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Holding that all lives have equal value (no matter where they live), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has now donated staggering sums to HIV/AIDS programs, libraries, agriculture research and disaster relief — and offered vital guidance and creative funding to programs in global health and education. Gates believes his tech-centric strategy for giving will prove the killer app of planet Earth’s next big upgrade.

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Someone once said about him “When Gates looks at the world, a world in which millions of preventable deaths occur each year, he sees an irrational, inefficient, broken system, an application that needs to be debugged. It shocks him in his wordsthat people don’t see this, the same way it shocked him that nobody but he and Paul Allen saw the microchip for what it was”.

Bill Gates is a living legend having contributed to sustainable development and brought about innovations that has shapened the world and the lives in the world and we are happy that he isn’t just rich in the bank but he is also rich in the heart, we appreciate this generic icon who has contributed in making the world a better place.

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  1. Editi George

    Greeting Mr. Bill.
    My name is Editi George,a twenty eight years old from Nigeria. I’m calling for assistance to help in catering for the orphans which are over 80 in number under my care. I have took care of them for the past 5years. The is much reason why I and the children needs this help. Our donors are donations are droping everyday due to present economy of our Country and there is so much suffering in the camp. We will be very much grateful for your generous donation.
    Thanks.
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    +2349025698497 Or +2348023804871
    Account details;
    George, Editi
    1873047010
    FCMB

  2. Omonare oluwasegun c

    sir,i need ur help finacially.i want to start farming.my contact is 08154936381.

  3. Talaria Timothy

    I need your help in my ministry please kindly send your help sir

  4. Every cloud

    Welldone Sir, may Almighty GOD continue to he’ll you. More power to your elbow !

  5. STEPHEN JOSEPH

    Good day sir,pls eradicate my poverty,I really need your help.I love to be self employed.

  6. Onyekwere Victor

    may God grant you the wisdom to carry out your potentials in life.

  7. Ibrahim Muhammed

    Dear Sir
    i need your assist, God will continue to Protect you My Tel: 08107092825

  8. edna tunde rolland

    Hello sir. U are a blessings to ur generation to anyone that’s close to u how I wish the whole world can see Wat u saw I have been think of this and I tought no one sees wat am see but now I know there is someone out there. Sir may God continue to give u more wisdom on how to spend ur money and make the world a better place. The bible says many are called but few are chosen they are many rich men but only few can think the way u do God bless u sir

  9. Alexander A Adibeli

    May strengthen you sir, please always return all glory to God and your service to him you cab joy even at the last day

  10. Odukoya adeoti olufunmilade

    Almighty God shall continue to empowered you sir…..more grease to your elbow sir.

  11. Odukoya adeoti olufunmilade

    Almighty God shall continue to empowered you sir…..More grease to your elbow.

    1. Anthony emmanuel

      hlo sir,u are a blessing to ur generation nd the people around u,may god give u more grace to serve him,

      1. Anthony emmanuel

        hlo sir i need ur help

  12. rayyan salis

    I need your help sir.

  13. olaitan

    thanks for the message

    1. olaitan habeeb

      i need ur help

      1. Odukoya adeoti olufunmilade

        Please sir,I need your help sir

  14. Kris Bush

    Worth an icon in this our contemporary, but i will like it if this will get to Bill Gates, that in other not to make your philanthropic effort be in vain please no God and serve him beyond relativism perspective. So that your treasure would be laid up in heaven.

  15. Chinenye Nwafor

    You are a wonderful creature. My God will keep blessing you Amen.

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