Bill gates was born October 28, 1955 in Seattle. His mother was a school teacher and her father was a lawyer. Gates graduated from Lakeside private school, where he met Paul Allen — the Microsoft co-founder.
In 1973 gates enrolled in Harvard, which, however, never graduated. At the University he met with Steve Ballmer. Then gates, together with its partners started developing software for MITS Altair — first personal computer. In 1977 gates and Allen moved to Albuquerque and founded the company in software development.
The first 11 employees of Microsoft. The first version of Windows was released in 1985. By 1987, 31-year-old gates became a billionaire.
In 1995, gates became the richest man in the world — his fortune was estimated at $12.9 billion. After gates married his employee, the young family moved to the city of Medina (Washington) in a house worth $121 million — with 24 bedrooms and a garage for 23 cars. In the house of gates has its own library with rare books.
For example, the manuscript of Leonardo da Vinci, dated to the 15th century. Gates purchased for $30.8 mln in 1994. In addition, gates is a fan of painting. In 1998 he acquired the painting Winslow Homer for $36 million.
In his collection there are also works by American artists Andrew Wyeth and William Meritt chase. In 2013, gates purchased a home in Florida for $8.7 million. In addition to the residential part, there is stable.
In 2014, gates bought a 228-acre farm in California. The founder of Microsoft paid for it about $18 million. On site there is the track for the races, guest house, office, veterinary clinic, orchard, and five barns.
Gates along with his son often attends different exhibitions of scientific, technical installations, museums. For example, the Microsoft founder visited the large hadron Collider. Another favorite place gates ski resort Apussuit Adventure Camp in Greenland.
The resort caters to only a few people, as there are no lifts. The founder of Microsoft is a famous fan of sports cars. At different time gates drove a Porsche 930 Turbo, a Mercedes, a Jaguar XJ6, a Carrera Cabriolet 964, Ferrari 348. At the dawn of Microsoft gates bought a Porsche 911 1979 release, which was raced in the desert.
Paul Allen had to bail gates out of jail after he was arrested for one of these races. The Porsche 911 was sold at auction for $80 thousand in 2012.
Photo from the police station, where gates fell for violation of traffic rules in 1977. In the late 90s gates bought a Porsche 959. However, customs has not issued a German car due to the fact that the car did not meet EPA standards. Because of this, the founder of Microsoft together with other Porsche owners joined in public debate with the Clinton administration on the import of foreign cars.
After leaving Microsoft, gates with his wife started the charity. His Foundation funds educational programs around the world. In 1997 gates bought a private jet for $21 million.
Microsoft founder usually rents a yacht “Siren” worth $330 million. It costs him $5 million a week. In 2010, bill gates along with his friend Warren Buffett launched The Giving Pledge — the billionaires proposal to transfer half of his wealth to philanthropy. The initiative was joined by Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, mark Zuckerberg.