12 Surprising Facts About Billionaire Entrepreneur Bill Gates

1. 13-year-old Gates attended Lakeside School, where the Mothers’ Club purchased a computer—a Teletype Model 33.

It was one of the only schools in the US with a computer. The first program he ever wrote was in the BASIC programming language, a computer game that allowed the user to play tic-tac-toe against the computer.

2. Like many other successful tech entrepreneurs, Gates was a college dropout.

He left Harvard University in 1975 to devote himself to Microsoft fully.

3. Gates was once arrested in New Mexico in 1977.

He was driving without a license and ran a red light.

4. Gates doesn’t know any foreign languages. 

He said that it is one of this biggest regrets.

5. Despite his immense wealth, Gates says his kids will only inherit $10 million each.

It’s just a fraction of his $81.1 billion net worth. “Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them,” he says.

6. Gates says he reads 50 books a year.

His all-time favorite business book is Business Adventures by New Yorker’s John Brooks, published in 1969. “Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things,” he says.

7. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda reside in Medina, Washington, outside Seattle.

It is reported to be worth $125 million. The house and property are so lavish that property taxes alone run just under $1 million per year.

8. He spearheaded the “Giving Pledge,” promising to donate half of their wealth to charitable causes after his death.

Fellow tech billionaire Elon Musk and billionaire financier Warren Buffet have also taken on this incredible pledge.

9. He almost had a perfect SAT score.

Gates scored a near-perfect 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.

10. Bill Gates bought Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in 1994 for US$30 million.

A few pages were used as a screen saver on Windows 95.

11. During a 2019 event, Bill Gates admitted that losing the mobile OS space to Android was his biggest mistake.

12. Bill Gates’ Foundation spends more on global health each year than the World Health Organization of the United Nations

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