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Who is Bill Gates?

Bill Gates is the co-founder and chairman of Microsoft. Since 2014, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world again, with an estimated net worth of USD 76 billion. He is the largest individual shareholder in Microsoft, owning 6% of the common stock. After stepping down as Microsoft’s CEO in 2000 he started working fulltime at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975 together with Paul Allen. Bill Gates and Paul Allen became the world’s richest persons when Microsoft became the world’s largest software maker. Gates resides in a USD 125 million, 66,000 sq ft (6,100 m2), estate in Medina overlooking Lake Washington. His Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world. The aims of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation are to enhance healthcare, to reduce extreme poverty, to expand educational opportunities and to expand access to information technology. Gates has funded his foundation with more than USD 2 billion. In 2006 Warren Buffet donated USD 1.5 billion to the Gates foundation. The assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation exceed USD 30 billion, with yearly donations worth more than USD 1.5 billion. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with billionaire Warren Buffet, started The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative aiming to get the worlds billionaires to pledge their fortunes early in their lives, so that they can have more control of how it’s spent. In the two years since it was launched, the giving pledge has recruited 92 billionaires, including the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Intel Chairman Gordon Moore and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. More than half of Gates’ assets are outsite his holding of Microsoft shares. Bill Gates holds these other investments through his Cascade Investment LLC, which owns shares in Berkshire Hathaway, Cocal Cola, Femsa, Carpetright, Four Seasons Hotels, and WasteManagement, among many others.

Yacht of Bill Gates

No, Bill Gates does not own any super yacht. He is however often linked to large yachts around the world, naming them ‘the yacht of Bill Gates’. Bill Gates does have a lot of relatives, friends and business partners who do own large yachts. Therefore Bill Gates is often spotted at large super yachts around the world. For example his 1994 honeymoon was on Paul Allen’s yacht Charade, in 2012 he was spotted in Belize on Dennis Washington’s motor yacht Attessa. Yachts often wrongly named Bill Gates’ yacht are: Octopus (owned by his business partner Paul Allen), Skat (owned by his other business partner/ employee Charles Simonyi) and recently Attessa, owned by US billionaire Dennis Washington.

Bill Gates’ US$ 120 million house

Bill Gates owns a large hillside house in King County, Medina overlooking Lake Washington. According to the county’s 2012 tax records the house has a value of USD 120 million. The house was designed by James Cutler Architects and Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson, in a Pacific Lodge style. Bill Gates’ house is known for its technology. The house features home automation with a central computer adjusting lighting, temperature and music when a guest enters a room. The 66,000-square-foot (6,100 m2) house features 7 bedrooms, 18 baths and a 60-foot (18 m) swimming pool. Bill Gates’ house is graded as an Exceptional Property. Lake Washington is a large freshwater lake near the city of Seattle. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington.

Bill Gates’ private jet

Bill Gates is the owner of a Bombardier BD-700 private jet. The BD 700 Global Express is a class of ultra long range corporate jets, and competes against the Gulfstream V, Boeing 737 BBJ and Airbus A319CJ. Designed to fly long distances at high speed, the Global Express' range is such that it can fly nonstop between intercontinental destinations such as Sydney/Los Angeles, New York/Tokyo and Taipei/Chicago. Bill Gates’ Jet can reach a speed of 935km/h (505kt) or Mach 0.88. Bill Gates private jet has a price of USD 45 million. Bill Gates jet registration is N887WM. The WM is for William and Mary, Gates’ parents. Through his membership of Netjets, Gates also partially owns a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

Octopus, known as Bill Gates’ yacht, but actually owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen

Bill Gates’ house in Medina, overlooking Lake Washington

Bill Gates house

Bill Gates’ jet, a Bombardier BD-700 with registration # N887WM

Bill Gates private yet

Tour to Bill Gates house

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