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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Who is Bill Gates?
William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor 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.
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.
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.
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