25 Mind-Boggling Facts About Billionaire Entrepreneur Bill Gates

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1Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Bill Gates' idea of a splurge was a used Porsche 911 after Microsoft went public that made him worth over $350 million before the age of 30.

2. Bill Gates coyly defended his LSD use by saying 'I never missed a day of work.'

3. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett once went to China to encourage their billionaires about the benefits of Philanthropy (giving to their community). They were mainly ignored because Philanthropy (outside of supporting family) is not part of Chinese culture.

4. When Bill Gates bought his engagement ring from Warren Buffett’s Jewelry store, he ignored Buffett’s unsolicited advice that as a rule of thumb you should spend 6% of your net worth on such an item.

5. 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.

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6Minesweeper addiction

Minesweeper addiction

Bill Gates was so addicted to Minesweeper, he used to sneak into a colleague's office after work to play.

7. Bill Gates once greatly offended the Bolivian government because he tried to give Bolivia thousands of chickens.

8. Bill Gates enjoyed Richard Feynman’s lectures so much that he worked with MIT to make them available in enhanced video format to the public.

9. Bill Gates used to memorize the license plates of Microsoft employees to keep tabs on them.

10. The generic silhouette in Microsoft Outlook is actually a shadow cutout of Bill Gates' mugshot when he got arrested for a driving offense in 1977.

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Bill Gates' first business was Traf-O-Data, a company that created machines that recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.

12. In 1995, Bill Gates ran a promo that featured himself in the classic video game Doom.

13. In 2013, Bill Gates admitted that the Ctrl+Alt+Delete command was a mistake, and should have been a single button.

14. Bill Gates has given away over $28 billion since 2007 resulting in an estimated more than 6 million lives saved.

15. In 2004, Bill Gates was the most spammed person in the world with more than 4 million emails per day. Microsoft had to set up a whole department just to deal with this issue, and only forward a dozen of important emails to his direct inbox.

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Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer once did a spoof of Night at the Roxbury.

17. When Bill Gates was asked in `98 that where did he worry his toughest competition will come from, he replied that he was worried about two men in a garage.

18. Bill Gates was an introvert, even, he has said, antisocial, and his original plan was to teach math. “When I was in high school I thought, ‘Hey, I’m a good student and therefore I should go be like a professor of mathematics.”

19. Bill Gates is the fourth of his name in his family but is known as William Gates III or "Trey" (i.e., three) because his father had the "II" suffix.

20. In the early 1980s, when he was late to catch a plane, Bill Gates hacked the control panel at San Francisco International Airport gate and got the plane to come back.

21Xanadu 2.0

Xanadu 2.0

Bill Gates's 66,000-square-foot mansion is nicknamed "Xanadu 2.0" after the character estate in Citizen Kane.

22. In a 2006 interview, Bill Gates revealed that he is color-blind.

23. In 1998, Bill Gates was earning $1 million per hour (almost $300 per second).

24. Bill Gates' only scientific paper ever was about sorting pancakes.

25. In 2014, Bill Gates was beaten in Chess by a 23-year-old Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen in 71 seconds.


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