Forbes: Bill Gates 10 Ridiculous Facts

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Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has reclaimed the title of world’s richest person in Forbes’ latest ranking of billionaires. The finance publication puts Gates’ net worth at $76 billion and says Microsoft stock has helped him unseat Mexico’s Carlos Slim, who held the top slot for four consecutive years.

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Watch this interview of Bill Gates and his mentor Warren Buffett:

Who is Bill Gates?

William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnateinvestorprogrammerinventor andphilanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer softwarecompany, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.

He is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009—excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the world’s second wealthiest person.According to the Bloomberg Billionaires List, Gates is the world’s richest person in 2013, a position that he last held on the list in 2007.

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10 Ridiculous Facts about Bill Gates

The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, can do a heck of a whole lot with his $72 billion worth.

1. The Richest Man In the World
Gates was in No. 1 position on the Forbes list from 1995 to 2007 and again in 2009. On May 16 Bloomberg announced that Bill Gates was back on top with an estimated net worth of $72.7 billion.

2. He is One Of the Richest Countries In the World, Too
If Bill Gates were a country, he would be the 37th richest country on earth.

3. He Knew He’d Be Filthy Rich
In school he bragged to his teachers that he would be a millionaire by the time he was 30; he was a billionaire by 31.

4. It’s Literally Not Worth His Time to Pick Up a Dropped $100 Bill From the Ground
With a worth of $72 billion, a 6% rate of return would earn Gates roughly $114.16 per second he is alive, making it a poor investment for Bill Gates to bother picking up a $100 bill if he dropped it.

5. He’s a Big Spender
Bill Gates has donated more than $26 billion dollars to philanthropic causes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That includes $10 billion for vaccine research over the next ten years.

6. His First Big Sale

Bill Gates’ first computer program sale was at 17 for $4,200. He sold a time-tabling system to his high school. Not too bad for a start.

7. What It Would Take For Him to Lose Everything
Bill Gates is 57 this year. If we assume that he will live for another 33 years, he has to spend $6 million per day to use up all of his wealth.


8. He Can Give Everyone On Earth $10 and Still Be Loaded
If he gave everyone on Earth $10 this Christmas, he’d still have $2.26 billion left. 

9. His Kids Aren’t Loaded
Gates is only going to give a minuscule amount to his kids. “I don’t think that amount of money would be good for them. They have to find their own way. They will be given an unbelievable education and that will all be paid for. And certainly anything related to health issues we will take care of. But in terms of their income, they will have to pick a job they like and go to work,” Gates said.

10. Frozen Assets
If Microsoft Windows’ users could claim $1 for every time their Microsoft Windows freezes, Bill Gates would be bankrupt in about three days!

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