A lot of people only know three things about Bill Gates and those are: He’s the second richest entrepreneur; he’s the co-founder of one of the most prominent tech companies which was Microsoft and that he’s an exceptionally generous philanthropist since he has Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But in spite of his philanthropic deeds and his achievements when it comes to business, there are still a lot of things about Gates that many of us are unaware of. Here are some of it:
As a teenager at Lakeside Preparatory School, Gates wrote his first ever computer program using a General Electric computer. It was a form of tic-tac-toe wherein one could play along with the machine.
Gates’ school learned about his coding capabilities and it lets him write the school’s computer program for arranging the students in classes. Gates craftily reformed the code so that he will be placed on the classes with an unequal number of fascinating girls.
Gates has read the entire “World Book Encyclopedia” series throughout his teenage years.
Gates scored an almost perfect 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.
Similar to many other prosperous tech businesspersons, Gates was a college dropout. He left Harvard University way back in 1975 to fully dedicate himself to Microsoft.
Two years after he left Harvard, Gates was detained in New Mexico. This is because he was driving without a license and beat a red light.
At the Redmond-based tech company, Microsoft, Gates used to remember employees’ license plates to keep labels on their arrivals and leavings. But eventually, he had to loosen up since the company got to a rational size he revealed.
Gates’ love cars, in fact, he has Porsche collection. The frontrunner is his Porsche 959 sports car, which he acquired 13 years before the car was permitted by the US Department of Transportation or the US Environmental Protection Agency.
When it comes to his air transport, Gates used to fly coach. Currently, he gets around on the plane he’s possessed since the year 1997, which he calls his “big splurge.”
Aside from his plane, one of Gates’ biggest splurges was the Codex Leicester. This is a collection of writings of Leonardo da Vinci, which he acquired during a 1994 auction for $30.8 million.
Microsoft’s co-founder obtained an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II way back in 2005. Nevertheless, because of being an American, he can’t utilize the title “Sir”.
In spite of his massive wealth, Gates reveals that his kids will only receive $10 million each, which was just a portion of current $90 billion net worth. “Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them,” he stated
Even though he allocates most of his time with his foundation, Gates stated that he’s still working with Microsoft on its “Personal Agent,” which will “remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to.”
Gates revealed that if Microsoft hadn’t prospered, he possibly would’ve been a researcher for artificial intelligence (AI).
In spite of his curiosity in AI, Gates reveals that he is “in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence.” That camp also contains prominent leaders in science in technology, like Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking.
When it comes to his favorite band, he revealed that Weezer is one of them. He also calls U2 a “favored” band and says he’s still “waiting for Spinal Tap to go back on tour.”
Gates was able to read 50 books a year. He claims that “Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.”
Gates isn’t knowledgeable of any foreign languages. It is, in fact, his biggest regret in life.
When Steve Jobs suspected Gates for stealing from Apple, he stated that “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is known to be the 2nd most charitable and 1st largest private charity institute in the world.
The 66,000 sq. ft. Gates country estate in Washington took seven years and a lavish $63 million to be constructed. The half a million board-feet of lumber went into the building of the luxurious property, which flaunts a trampoline room with a 20-foot ceiling, a receiving area that can lodge up to 200 guests, 24 restrooms, six kitchens and a lot more.
These are some of the facts that you might not know yet about Bill Gates. Hopefully, some of the information about him was able to inspire you not just in the world of business but also in doing philanthropic deeds.
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