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Bill Gates Net Worth

What Is Bill Gates Worth?

Bill Gates's Net Worth is $84.3 billion


When Bill Gates dropped out of college, Gates founded Microsoft in 1976 when he formed a contract with MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) to create a basic operating system for their new microcomputers. In the early days, Bill Gates would review every line of the coding. He was also involved in several aspects of the business such as packing and sending off orders.

A big deal came for Microsoft came in 1980 when IBM approached them for a new basic OS for its new computers. In the early 1980s, IBM was the leading PC manufacturer. However, increasingly, there developed many IBM PC clones. Microsoft worked hard to sell its OS to these other companies. Thus, they were able to gain the best position of software manufacture just as the personal computer market started to boom. Since its early dominance, no other company has come close to displacing Microsoft as the dominant provider of computer operating the software.

In 1990, the company released its first version of Windows. This was a break-through in operating software as it replaced text interfaces with graphical interfaces. It soon became a best seller and was able to capture the majority of the operating system market share. In 1995 Windows 95 was released, setting new standards and features for operating systems. This version of windows has been the backbone of all future releases from Windows 2000 to the latest XP and Vista.

Throughout his time in office Bill Gates has been keen to diversify the business of Microsoft. For example, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer became the dominant web browser, although this is mainly because it comes pre-installed on most new computers, and in recent years has seen its market share slip.

One area where Microsoft has never been as successful is in the area of search engines. MSN live search has struggled to gain more than 5% of market share. In this respect, Microsoft has been dwarfed by Google. Nevertheless, the success of Microsoft in cornering various aspects of the software market has led to several antitrust cases. In 1998 US v Microsoft, Microsoft came close to being broken up into three smaller firms. However, on appeal, Microsoft was able to survive as a single firm.


Bill Gates wife, Melinda French, together made the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates says much of the inspiration came from the example of David Rockefeller. Like Rockefeller, Gates focus on global issues ignored by the government; he also expressed an interest in improving the standards of public school education in the US. He has appeared with Oprah Winfrey to promote this objective. In respect to charitable, philanthropic activities Gates has also received encouragement from investor Warren Buffet, who has given away $17 billion, through the Gates Foundation.

From 2008 Gates has worked full time on his philanthropic interests. It is estimated Gates and his wife Melinda have given away $28 billion via their charitable foundation – including $8 billion to improve global health.

His main areas of interest in philanthropy have been improving health, and in particularly helping to reduce diseases, such as polio which affect young children. He has also given more focus to environmental issues. In 2015, he gave $1 billion to a clean energy project, as he sees supporting new ‘greener’ technologies as a way to help deal with global warming.

Bill Gates Biography

William Henry Gates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. As the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is one of the most influential and richest people on the planet. Recent estimates of his wealth put it at $56 billion, this is the equivalent of the combined GDP of several African economies. He recently retired working full time at Microsoft and focused on their charity called “The Bill and Melinda Foundation”.

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