The world's richest man Bill Gates is the stuff of legend and lore. Most of us know things about him such as he dropped out of college and that he earned his incredible wealth (worth at least $79 billion today) by co-founding Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975 when he was just 20 years old.
But there are things about him that most people don't know, here are 9 little-known facts about Gates.
The world's richest man Bill Gates is the stuff of legend and lore. Most of us
know things about him such as he dropped out of college and that he
earned his incredible wealth (worth at least $79 billion today) by co-
founding Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975 when he was just 20 years old.
But there are things about him that most people don't know, here are 9
little-known facts about Gates.
Not a rags-to-riches story
Contrary to popular myth, he's not a rags-to-riches story. His father was a
prominent lawyer and his great-grandfather founded a bank, later ran by his
grandfather who reportedly set up a million-dollar trust fund for him when he was a
Washes dinner dishes himself
Bill Gates likes to wash the dinner dishes himself and does so most nights.
"Other people volunteer but I like the way I do it," he explains.
Loves splurging on airplane
Bill Gates calls his private airplane his "guilty pleasure" and "his big splurge."
His jet is huge and must be expensive to maintain and fly.
Was notorious for f-bomb filled rants
During his days at Microsoft, Gates was notorious for f-bomb filled rants in
meetings and emails. But they were not directed at people.
One guy who worked with him back then remembers, "Bill could be scathing,
but I personally never saw him attack anyone personally--only ideas."
Had to hire a traffic attorney
Bill Gates used to collect Porches which he drove like a maniac. Gates got so many
speeding tickets during his young days at Microsoft that he was forced to hire a
traffic attorney. He once crashed into a car in the employee parking lot, and left his
business card telling the employee to contact him for fixing the damage. A meme
around Seattle became famous: "send the bill to Bill."
Known for his sense of humour
Bill Gates has good sense of humor although it leans toward geeky jokes. For
instance, he once posted a YouTube love video about Reddit that was filled with
jokes like a web programming reference to the color red.And last year, he did a
"viral" video with Jimmy Fallon that did indeed go viral. He still links to it from
his personal blog website.
Plans to give away $100 billion to charity
He expects to give away over $100 billion to charity in his lifetime.
Not all of Bill Gates' charitable work is done through his foundation. Gates
has personally taken on some projects that interest him, such as finding a
way to supply clean energy to all impoverished communities.
Although Bill Gates is giving away billions of dollars a year, he still has such
massive business holdings, that he's been getting richer faster than he can
give his money away.
Microsoft is no longer his main source of wealth
Microsoft is no longer the major source of his wealth. Gates has been selling
off stock for years, investing in other businesses and using all of that to fund
his charity work. His secret weapon in investing is Michael Larson, his business
Not the biggest shareholder in Microsoft
Bill Gates is no longer the biggest shareholder in Microsoft. He's been
selling his Microsoft stock in large chunks every month for years. So in
2014, Steve Ballmer officially became the largest shareholder in the