Bill Gates

Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$134.11B
$30.5M
as of 07/20/24

About Bill Gates

Bill Gates diversified his fortune from software firm Microsoft into dozens of holdings, including waste disposal firm Republic Services and tractor maker Deere & Co.

Gates, a computer enthusiast from a young age, dropped out of Harvard to cofound Microsoft with Paul Allen (d. 2018) in 1975, hoping to capitalize on the spread of personal computers.

As of March 2020, when Gates stepped down from the Microsoft board, he owned about 1.3% of the software and computing company's shares.

In May 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates each announced on Twitter they were ending their marriage after 27 years. They still co-chair the charitable Gates Foundation.

To date, Gates has donated more than $59 billion to the Gates Foundation, including a $20 billion gift announced in July 2022. Most of his early donations were gifts of Microsoft stock.

Personal stats

Citizenship

United States of America

Source of wealth

Microsoft

Residence

Medina, Washington

Marital status

Divorced

Birth date

10/28/55 (age 68)

Number of children

3

Education

Drop Out, Harvard University

Self-made

self-made

Bill Gates’s fortune is worth

2M

troy ounces of gold

2M

median U.S. household

1M

median U.S. income

2.682%

U.S. credit card volume

0.536%

GDP of the United States

0.394%

United States debt

Net worth history

Annual ranking

Did you know?

When Gates was a kid, he spent so much time reading that his parents finally forbade him from bringing books to the dinner table.

Net worth over time

Real-time ranking

Financial assets

NASDAQ | ACGL-US

Arch Capital Group

NYSE | ARCO-US

Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc

NYSE | AN-US

AutoNation Inc.$1.7B

NYSE | BRK.A-US

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Cl A)$2.8B

NYSE | CNI-US

Canadian National Railway Co.$1.2B

NYSE | KOF-US

Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B de C.V.

NYSE | DE-US

Deere & Co$7.5B

NYSE | ECL-US

Ecolab$7.6B

NASDAQ | EVLV-US

Evolv Technologies Holdings$59M

NASDAQ | XCUR-US

Exicure$111.8K

MADRID | FCC-ES

Fomento de Construcciones y Contrata$288.7M

NYSE | FMX-US

Fomento Economico Mex-SP ADR$1.3B

NYSE | DNA-US

Ginkgo Bioworks Holdings$42.5M

SIX SWISS | GIVN-CH

Givaudan S.A.$5.3B

MEXICO | TLEVISACPO-MX

Grupo Televisa S.A.B Unit Class A (TLEVISACPO-MX)

EURONEXT AMSTERDAM | HEIO-NL

Heineken Holding$576.1M

NASDAQ | MSFT-US

Microsoft$44.2B

EURONEXT AMSTERDAM | OCI-NL

OCI NV

EGYPT | OCIC-EG

Orascom Construction Industries S.A.

NASDAQ | OTTR-US

Otter Tail Corp.$320.5M

NYSE | RSG-US

Republic Services$22.3B

SIX SWISS | SIKA-CH

Sika$1.4B

NYSE | BEE-US

Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

NASDAQ | VRM-US

Vroom

NYSE | WM-US

Waste Management

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