Bill Gates

35  Amazing Facts  – Bill Gates | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. Bill Gate’s SAT score was 1590 out of 1600.
  2. Amazingly Paul Allen , joint founder of Microsoft had a perfect score of 1600.
  3. Gates first computer program ever was a tic-tac-toe game. At 17, Gates sold his first computer program, a timetable system for his high school for which he pocketed a $4,200.
  4. When Bill Gates was recruited to write the class scheduling software for his high school, he tweaked the program’s code such that he was placed in a class with mostly female students.
  5. Bill Gates had no college degree. In 1975, Gates dropped out of Harvard and joined his childhood friend Paul Allen to form a company which they named “Micro-Soft.” The hyphen fell off within a year.
  6. At age 21 Bill Gates was arrested in New Mexico in 1977 for jumping a red light and driving without a licence and he immediately posted bail from his wallet full of cash.
  7. Amazing fact is that Bill Gates aimed to become a millionaire by the age of 30. However, he became a billionaire at 31.
  8. Bill Gates instituted a company separate from Microsoft in 1989 to digitize famous art and photos because he believed homes would one day be decorated with digital picture frames.
  9. Bill Gates has patented a weather controlling machine.
  10. Bill Gates, Julia Roberts and Frank Ocean all share the same birthday, October 28.
  11. Melinda was a Microsoft worker in 1987 when she met Bill Gates who married her. They have three children.
  12. Amazing fact is that during Bill Gates’ wedding, to insure his and his wife’s privacy for the day of their wedding, Bill rented every single hotel room at the hotel they were staying and chartered every helicopter close by on the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
  13. He also never felt that users would need more than 640 KB of memory on their PC.
  14. Amazingly his predictions have gone horribly wrong. He said that Microsoft would “never make a 32-bit operating system,” which they did in 1992 with the Window NT.
  15. Bill Gates also predicted that spammed email messages would be eliminated in two years, by 2004.
  16. Amazing fact is that Gates wife and children are not allowed to own or use an Apple product. A restriction was also put in place by Steve Balmer for his family.
  17. Bill Gates wrote a letter to Steve Jobs when he was dying, who kept it beside his bed.
  18. When Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple, Gates said, “Well, Steve, 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.”
  19. From 1995 through 2008, Gates was the richest man on earth, before being dethroned by Warren Buffet. Few years later , he regained his top status.
  20. Fact is Gates pays almost $1 million in property taxes for his home, a magnificent house overlooking Lake Washington that is estimated to be worth $125 million.
  21. Amazingly when guests enter Bill Gates’ house they are made to wear pins that upon entering a room automatically adjust temperature, music, and lighting based on the guests’ preferences.
  22. Bill Gates wealth topped $100 billion for a brief period in 1999, but antitrust trials and tech stocks decline saw his fortune fall to just over $60 billion the following year.
  23. Amazing fact is in 1998, Bill Gates earned $1 million per hour (almost $300 per second).
  24. In 1997, Steve Jobs used patents to pressure Bill Gates into investing $150 million into Apple stocks, because he believed Apple would go under if Microsoft didn’t have “a stake in our success”.
  25. Bill Gates has donated over $36 billion in his lifetime, which is more than half of his current net worth of $72 billion.
  26. On December 9, 2010, Gates, investor Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook’s CEO) signed the “Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge”, in which they promised to donate to charity at least half of their wealth.
  27. The city of Munich chose to migrate their administration from Windows to Linux around 10 years ago, so Bill Gates personally paid a visit to ask for their reasons. The mayor replied “Freedom from you, Mr. Gates.”
  28. Bill Gates has saved amazing five million lives by “bringing vaccines and improved healthcare to children internationally”.
  29. In 2009, Bill Gates purchased the rights to the Feynman Lectures, so that he could annotate them and make them freely available.
  30. Bill Gates purchased the Codex Leicester, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, for a whopping $30.8 million, and made it openly available on Windows Vista.
  31. Bill Gates received an honorary knighthood from the Queen, but amazingly due to his American Citizenship, he cannot use the title “Sir”
  32. Bill Gates intends to leave less than $10M for each if his three children, “so they can make their own way.”
  33. A device has been developed that can kill 100 mosquitoes per/sec up to 100 feet away using infra-red motion censoring and a Blue laser. The idea came from Bill Gate’s initiative to fight mosquito-spread Malaria in underdeveloped countries. Production cost is around $50.
  34. The IRS used to have a special computer for calculating Bill Gates’ taxes back in 2006.
  35. Amazing fact is that even at his fortune’s peak, Bill Gates was only the 6th richest man of all time.  

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