Gates, Bill

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Gates, Bill Gender: M
William Henry Gates, III
born on 28 October 1955 at 22:00 (= 10:00 PM )
Place Seattle, Washington, 47n36, 122w20
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 05°02' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°15 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 26°58'

Bill Gates
photo: World Economic Forum, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.

He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world all but four of those years. In October 2017, his estimated net worth was US$89.9 billion.

Born to William Henry Gates Jr., and Mary (Maxwell) Gates, the only son of a lawyer and an educator, Gates is the second of three children. His father was a partner in a prominent Seattle law firm, his mother, a former teacher, was a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents and the boards of several corporations.

His parents enrolled him at Lakeside School, a private institution known for its rigorous academic standards. In 1967 the Lakeside Mothers Club used the proceeds from rummage sales to buy a Digital training terminal that was linked by phone to a computer at a local computer company. Gates became hooked on it along with Paul Allen and another friend, cutting classes and hanging out at the school's computer center day and night. His parents helped instil his competitive nature by turning leisure time into games that reward skill and cunning.

He went to Harvard intending to become a lawyer but after reading about the first commercially available microcomputer, the Altair 8800, Gates and Allen knew the future was in computers. They built a computer in 1975, working day and night in Gates' dormitory room at Harvard. When their program worked, they dropped out of school to found Microsoft.

When IBM was looking for a new operating system and was unable to make connections with the originator of the CPM operating system, they immediately contacted Microsoft. Microsoft called a local company named Seattle Computer Products and bought the rights to Tim Patterson's Q-DOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System) for $50,000. Gates modified the program, renamed it MS-DOS and sold it to IBM.

Microsoft incorporated on 25 June 1981 in Bellevue, Washington and the first trade of Microsoft on the New York stock market was on 13 March 1986.

Gates is known for hiring shrewd, savvy businessmen and cream-of-the-crop computer experts to launch inexpensive and popular operating systems such as Windows 3, Windows '95 and Windows '98. During the 1990s, Microsoft Corp. was involved in several federal lawsuits over unfair competitive practices. A formal lawsuit of the federal government against Microsoft began in Washington DC on 19 October 1998 at 10:00 AM. Judge Jackson declared Microsoft to be a monopoly on 5 November 1999.

Gates is known as a workaholic, turning vacations into "think weeks" and remarking that he did not take a day off for 13 years. He married Microsoft exec Melinda French on 1 January 1994 at the tiny Hawaiian resort of Lanai in a Roman Catholic ceremony. They built a 40,000 square foot $50 million house on Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington. Seven years after construction began, Gates, his wife and daughter Jennifer moved in, mid-September, 1997. The family makes every effort to retain a low-public profile.

In May 1999, his son Rory John was born, followed by Phoebe Adelle Gates, born 14 September 2002 at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in suburban Bellevue, Washington. The baby weighed 9 lbs., 13 oz., said family spokeswoman Annemarie Hou.

The Gates donated $25 million to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in early 1999. The world richest man with a net worth of some $90 billion, he has pledged $4 billion to various causes. In September 1999, he announced that his foundation will make the largest academic donation ever: $1 billion, to be distributed over the next 20 years to pay the full tab each year for about 1,000 black, Hispanic, Native American, and Asian students seeking degrees in science, engineering, math, and education.

In 2000, Bill and Melinda contributed $22 billion to the "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation" which finances international vaccination and children's health programs; the largest philanthropic contribution in history to date.

On 3 April 2000, federal judge Thomas Jackson ruled that Microsoft Corp. had broken the nation's antitrust laws by placing "an oppressive thumb on the scale of competitive fortune" to target rival firms that threatened its soft-ware monopoly. Although a negotiated settlement is still possible, Microsoft pledged to appeal the ruling, potentially prolonging the legal struggle for years to come. Since last November, Gates and his mega-company has been branded a predatory monopolist that ran roughshod over competition for years, harming consumers and throttling innovation. A new stage of the trial could possible breakup the world's most valuable software company.

Gates announced on 15 June 2006 that he was gradually letting go of some of his day-to-day responsibility at Microsoft to spend more time on his charitable foundation which attends to issues of world health and education. By July 2008 he was acting as part-time Chairman and technical advisor to the company. Gates said "I've decided that two years from today, I will reorganize my personal priorities….I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility - the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need….It's not a retirement, it's a reordering of my priorities."

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  • business associate/partner relationship with Buffett, Warren (born 30 August 1930)
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Jobs, Steve (born 24 February 1955)
  • parent->child relationship with Gates, Rory (born 23 May 1999)


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1967 (School introduced computers to students)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1975 (Built original computer in college dormitory)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 25 June 1981 (Microsoft incorporated)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 1986 (Microsoft went public)
  • Financial : Best Period 1991 (Third richest man in America)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1 January 1994 (Melinda French)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 26 April 1996 (Daughter Jennifer born)
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  • Family : Change residence September 1997 (Moved into $50 million home)
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  • Other Financial 1998 (Gave largest donation ever to child vaccine)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 23 May 1999 (Son Rory John born)
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  • Other Financial September 1999 (Donated $4 billion to education of minorities)
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  • Financial Crime Perpetration 5 November 1999 (Microsoft declared a monopoly)
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  • Financial : Lose significant money 2000 (Donated $22 billion)
  • Crime : Trial dates 3 April 2000 (Monopolies broken by federal judge)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 14 September 2002 (Daughter Phoebe born)
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Source Notes

Astrologer Cindy Rempel quotes him, given at a Microsoft function in Seattle; he was sure that it was "right on 10:00 PM or within the minute." (Formerly, Getulio Bittencourt quoted biographers James Wallace and Jim Erickson, "Hard Drive, Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire," John Wiley and Sons Inc, NY, 1992, p.10, for "born shortly after 9:00 PM".) In September 2006, Wayne Turner writes "The sentence actually reads 'William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955, shortly after 9:00 PM.'"

In June 2018, Steven Stuckey requested a BC from Washington State and sent a copy to ADB. It confirmed that Gates is born in Seattle, but does not contain a time of birth. King County vital statistics explained by phone that no birth times were recored on any birth certificate in the State of Washington between the years 1949 to 1967.

Microsoft First Trade; 13 March 1983, 9:30 am est. The latest Incorporation date is 23 September 1993 Olympia Wash. (we use 12:00 PM until research determines an exact time) Kaye Shinker in ISAR on-line newsletter 2/2001.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Afluent family, private schools)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three, only son)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters and one son)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Property
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (AIDS vaccine donation $25 million, billions to Gates Foundation)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (Obscenely wealthy)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Catholic)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur (Microsoft)
  • Vocation : Business : Top executive
  • Vocation : Computer : Programmer (Computer operating systems)
  • Vocation : Sports : Games - Bridge/ Chess/ Other (Bridge junkie, relative newcomer in 2000)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Great wealth and power)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Founder of Microsoft)
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession