Bill Gates :
Prolific business tycoon, entrepreneur, and a fiercely zealous philanthropist. These are just a few of the glistening credentials that shimmer amongst the many strings to this ambitious man’s bow. It would appear as though Bill gates was destined for greatness. Blessed with a natural acumen, William Henry Gates was a proliferous reader from a very early age. At school, the precocious child was known as a polymath, excelling in science, maths, drama, and English. Throughout his childhood years, the juvenile whipper-snapper, expressed a natural appetite for knowledge, often perusing reference books and encyclopedias in his spare time. Although, every saint is capable of sin. In a rebellious streak, the big-daddy billionaire found himself arrested for jumping a red light without a driving license in 1977. Growing increasingly disillusioned with a restrictive education system, the successful tycoon developed a natural proclivity towards computer programming at the tender age of thirteen.
The Early Years
Born in Seattle, Washington, Gate’s was nurtured around an upper-class family unit. Son to William H Gates and Marry Maxwell Gates, the aforementioned a prestigious lawyer, whilst the latter held a top-dog position, working on the board of directors for a prominent banking corporation. Contrary to Gate’s meteoric rise in the software industry, his family had wished for him to emulate his father’s footsteps and become a lawyer. A path he chose to deviate from. As a youngster, Gates regularly attended a protestant-reformed, Christian congregation. A likely source of inspiration for his future, charitable endeavors.
Bill Gates Education
You would assume that a man of “Bills” Business acumen and colossal wealth and fortune, who co-founded the world’s first computer software company would have attained impeccable grades in school wouldn’t you? Well… this couldn’t be further from the truth. After graduating from the Lakeside school, this software savvy- mogul attempted to further his education with a first-grade Harvard degree. Surprisingly enough, it was anything but plain sailing. Upon failing the natural aptitude test and SAT college admission test, scoring just below the college approval rating, the chief magnate abandoned Harvard without scooping up a single degree. Consequently, following in the footsteps of acclaimed auteur: Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison.
All of which missed out on degrees, but went on to achieve huge success in their respective fields.
Bill Gates Wealth
Bill Gates is currently the richest man in the world, owning a combined net worth of $72 billion. That’s a lot of Benjamin’s. The fat-cat reached the top of the coveted Forbes list of wealthiest men in the world consecutively(1995 to 1997). Furthermore, claiming glory in 2009. In the years 2009-2014 his wealth skyrocketed, doubling from an estimated $40 billion to $82 billion. A large income equals an equivalent expenditure… Gates pays 1 million a year in property taxes for his family home. In fact, the software giant is so rich, that If you spent at a rate of a million a day, it would take over two-hundred years to splurge all his cash. That’s some serious Yankee Dollar.
For men of such affluence, public displays of modesty are a rare commodity. Nevertheless, this keen entrepreneur refused to fly first class until 1997, already a booming billionaire by then. Evidently, showing the world that top-bananas can be Self-deprecating… at times.
It’s a little hard to fathom, but stay with me… If Bill gates were a country, he would be the 63rd wealthiest man on earth. That’s one hell of a hefty price-tag for a single man to carry.
They say that investment is a key component of business, and this theory certainly applied to Bill Gates, when he purchased Leonardo Da Vinci’s original Codex to optimize as a screen saver for his Microsoft 95 software. Now that’s a major investment.
Bill Gates Charitable Work
Bill gates succeeds in breaking the mold, when it comes to billionaire stereotypes. Typically, it’s often conceived that the wealthy tend to hold onto their acquired riches, choosing not to splash the cash. So, given the circumstances, not everyone will be privy to the fact that Bill Gates is a plenteous philanthropist, and pioneer in revolutionary, medical research.
The High earner teamed up will fellow Forbes Lister Warren Buffet to co-found The Giving Pledge, which encourages all billionaires to donate at least half of their fortune to charitable causes, and philanthropic activities. In addition, the plucky pioneer also created a charitable organisation, known as the Bill & Malinda Foundation, as a joint venture with his wife. The project targets developing countries, struggling to tackle extreme poverty. As well as providing funding to advanced medical research. The foundation is driven by a core moral principle close to the couple’s heart, which reads: “Every life has an equal value”.
“Microsoft founder has donated $28 billion”
The Microsoft founder has donated $28 billion of his acquired wealth to the duo’s own charity, but it doesn’t stop there. The tenacious tycoon has promised to donate 95% of his entire personal net worth to philanthropic action, making him a billionaire, with a difference. It is estimated that this charitable ambassador’s donations, have saved the lives of 6 million children, providing preventive vaccinations, and revolutionary healthcare to under-developed countries in jeopardy. Naturally ambitious, this generous gent has prophesied that by the year 2035, there will no longer be any countries suffering from poverty. Now there’s optimism…
Ever since Bill Gates conquered the known-world in 1975, by founding the world’s largest PC software Company. The tech-juggernaut has spread his influence world-wide, attaining immeasurable wealth, and equally distributing it to those less fortunate than himself.
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