Remarkable People, Places and Events – Bill Gates

He’s the founder of Microsoft, an inventor and the world’s most prolific philanthropist. He’s also the richest man on the planet, with a net worth north of $79 billion. What do you really know about Bill Gates?

1. Born William Henry Gates III, Bill’s nickname as a child was “Trey”

2. The private school he attended as a child was one of the few schools in the US with a computer. The first program he ever used was a tic-tac-toe game.

3. Bill Gates is known to keep his word. In school he bragged to his teachers that he would be a millionaire by the time he was 30. Not only did he keep his word but he was a billionaire by 31.

4. Bill Gates’ first computer program sale was at 17 for $4,200. He sold a time-tabling system to his high school.

6. Bill Gates doesn’t know any foreign languages. That, he says, is his biggest regret in life thus far.

7. Gates earned an honorary degree from Harvard in 2007, thirty-two years after dropping out.

8. Bill Gates earns nearly 250 US Dollars every second. That’s about 20 million dollars a day and 7.2 Billion dollars a year!

9. Bill Gates has donated more than $26 billion dollars to philanthropic causes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That includes $10 billion for vaccine research over the next ten years.

10. Bill Gates believes that telemarketers, accountants, auditors and retail salespeople will all become obsolete in 20 years as robots take over their jobs.

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