Bill Gates—a very successful entrepreneur with a heart—founded the largest software business in the world along with Paul Allen. His company Microsoft, a name recognized in every household led him to become one of the richest men in the world.
He is known for his aggressiveness in business dealings and innovative strategies. Microsoft has redefined the era of technology globally with vision and innovation. A drop out from school, Bill Gates now stands as a role model to many aspiring tech wizards and their dreams to become billionaires.
The Gates’ Family Tree
Let us take a look at the family tree of this super successful billionaire.
Bill Gates’ Parents – William H. Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates
Bill’s father William H Gates was a distinguished lawyer; he had also authored a book called Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime. Mary Maxwell Gates was an extrovert, and as a student she was actively involved in student committees.
Later, she served on the corporate boards of the First Interstate Bank in Seattle, the United Way, and International Business Machines (IBM).
Bill Gates’ Siblings – Kristianne Gates and Libby Gates
Gates has an elder sister named Kristi, who later became his tax accountant. His younger sister, Libby, lives in Seattle with her family. She focuses on raising her two children.
Bill Gates’ Wife – Melinda Gates
Bill Gates met while Melinda was working at Microsoft. She is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Melinda used to work as a project manager at Microsoft for Publisher, Expedia, Microsoft Bob, and Microsoft Encarta. After marrying Gates, she left her job at Microsoft in order to start and raise her family. She lives with her children and husband at Lake Washington in Medina.
As co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged by Jefferson Awards, along with her husband. In 2013, she was appointed Dame of the British Empire for her philanthropic activities.
Melinda and Bill Gates have donated more than US$24 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation until 2009. She has also donated over $10 million to Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she completed high school.
Children of Bill Gates And Melinda Gates – Jennifer Katharine Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates, Rory John Gates
Jennifer Katharine Gates – born in 1996
Jennifer is the eldest child of Bill and Melinda Gates and loves horse riding. She has participated in the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida that boasts of 2,800 riders from 49 states.
Rory John Gates – born in 1999
Bill Gates’ only son, Rory, is a student and has a net worth of $20 million.
Phoebe Adele Gates – born in 2002
Phoebe is the youngest daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates.
Net worth of Bill Gates Family
Owing to his super-successful computer software organization, Bill Gates has been the richest man in the world for over 15 years. According to the Forbes’ annual list of billionaires, Gates’ net worth is $76 billion as of March 2014.