“Philanthropy etymologically means “love of man”, in sense of caring for, nourishing, and enhancing the quality of life for human beings”; that’s what Wikipedia has to say about the beautiful word “Philanthropy”. Perhaps the world would be a better place, should the word be used more frequently. However, one might safely presume that Bill Gates is mentioned in the majority of worldwide conversations regarding philanthropists.
One can’t help but to marvel at Bill’s history, the Seattle native, who at the age of 13 wrote his first computer program. Shortly following, Gate wrote the school’s computer to schedule students in classes. He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students. At the age of 18, he scored 1590 out of 1600 on his SAT and he enrolled at Harvard. There, he didn’t have definite study plan but instead spent a lot of time using the schools computer. After a year he dropped out of Harvard and formed Microsoft with Paul Allen.
Just a few days before his 32nd birthday, Bill was listed as a billionaire in Forbes. With a net worth of $1.25 billion, he was the youngest self-made billionaire ever. He currently holds 6.3% of the Microsoft Stocks.
On April 29th, 1975, at the age of 19, Bill was arrested by the Albuquerque Police department (arrest record #52090). The charges were speeding and driving without a license.
His last full time day at Microsoft was June 27th 2008, after which he devoted is time solely to his humanitarian project he started in 2000: the Bill & Melinda Foundation. Through the foundation Gates has donated around $28 billion dollars which in turn has saved about 6 million lives, more than Spiderman, Batman and Superman together.
In December 2010, Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet signed a promise they called “Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge”, in which they promise to donate half of their wealth to charity over the course of time.
Amongst the more interesting acquisitions I’ve read about in a while is the one Gates did in 1994 when he purchased the Codex Leicester for a mere $30.8 million dollars. The Codex is a memoir written by non-other than the legendary Leonardo da Vinci.
Author: Olle E. Wistén