It is often quite easy to forget that some of the wealthy and affluent have roots. Their achievements and accomplishments often outshine their lives. Nevertheless, once in a while these questions arise. Bill Gates took the world by storm with the advent of Microsoft. But, what about his siblings? Does he have a brother or sisters, is he even an only child? Thankfully, the answers to these questions are not too far away.
Facts About Bill Gates’ Early Life
He was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington to William H. Gates Sr. And Mary Maxwell Gates. Back then, his father was a big shot lawyer while his mother was a member of the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way of America. All in all, it is evident that his family was quite well to do. Growing up, he was not an only child, in fact, he was not even the first. He has an older sister, Kristianne and a younger one, Libby. They all lived together in the Sand Point area of Seattle. Unfortunately, that home was hit and damaged by a rare tornado when he was just 7 years old.
Bill Gates was 13 when he attended Lakeside prep school. It was there that he wrote his very first software program. By the time he was in the 8th grade, he had a keen interest in programming. So, the first program he wrote was a version of tic-tac-toe where users could play against the computer. This passion only grew and he found like minds to sharpen his wit. By the time he was at Harvard University, he did not have a clear path of study. Most of his time was used up exploring the school’s computers.
How He Started Microsoft
One of the like minds he met and kept in contact with was Paul Allen, one of his prep school buddies. He even went on to join him at Honeywell in the Summer of ’74. With the advent of new software technologies, the two decided to start their own company. With the consent of his parents, Bill took a leave from school and started his company. After years of being the top shareholder at the Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates in 2006 stepped back a bit, this was so he could dedicate more time to working at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Does Bill Gates Have A Brother?
This is a question that burns in the minds of many of Gates’admireiers and the simple answer is NO, tech billionaire Bill Gates has no biological brother. He happens to be the only male in the midst of two female siblings. Nevertheless, he does have brothers in law. His elder brother-in-law is John Blake and he is married to his sister, Kristianne Gates Blake. Meanwhile, his younger sister, Elizabeth Gates Armintrout is married to Douglas Armintrout.
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Who Are His Other Family Members?
Bill Gates happens to be surrounded by an array of family members. In addition to his mother (of blessed memory), his father and siblings, there are others. There is his wife, Melinda Gates, the two met while Melinda was working at Microsoft. Additionally, she happens to be the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During her time at Microsoft, she worked as a project manager at Microsoft for Publisher, Expedia, Microsoft Bob, and Microsoft Encarta. Soon after she tied the knot with Bill, she left her job and decided to spend more time raising the children. She had done so much good at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Up until 2009, they have collectively donated more than US$24 billion.
The two have three children together, 2 daughters and a son. Their eldest is Jennifer Katherine Gates and she was born on 26th April 1996. It is no secret that she has a passion for riding and is already an accomplished equestrian. She even took part in Florida’s Winter Equestrian Festival which involved 2800 riders from across 49 states.
After Jennifer, is Rory John Gates, he was born in 1999 and already has a net worth of about $20 million – a chip off the old block he is proving to be. Soon after, the two were joined by Phoebe Adele Gates was born on 14th September 2002.