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Bill Gates House

Bill Gates House, Yacht and Jet


Address: 1835 73rd Ave NE, Medina, Washington, USA

Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 18

Size: 66,000-square-foot

Garage: for 23 cars

Value: US$ 120 million

Owners name: Bill Gates

Net Worth: US$ 87 billion

Owners company: Microsoft

Owners Country: USA


It took seven years and more than US$ 60 million to build his House

His Amazing House

Bill Gates’ house is built on a hill in King County, Medina overlooking Lake Washington. According to the county’s 2012 tax records the house has a value of USD 120 million. With a net worth of US$ 89 billion he can easily afford such house. The house was designed by James Cutler Architects and Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson, in a Pacific Lodge style.


Packed with Technology

The 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.   


Pool With Underwater Sound

The 66,000-square-foot (6,100 m2) house features 7 bedrooms, 18 baths, a 20 person home cinema  and a 60-foot (18 m) swimming pool with an under water Sound System


Exceptional Property

The 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. According to BusinessInsider the house has computer screens throughout the house, displaying art of photos, and the pool has .


A Garage for 23 Cars!

The house’s garages can accommodate 23 cars. You can find some (interior) photos and engineering details of the guest house here and more information about the whole property here.


Codex Leicester

The house’ library is very large. It houses the Codex Leicester, a Manuscript written by Leonardo DaVinci. The Codex has a value of more than US$ 30 million.


Another house in Florida

In 2013 he acquired a US$ 8.7 million Wellington, Florida mansion. The house has extensive equestrian facilities, such as a show jumping area and a 20 stall barn. The family uses the house when their daughter Jennifer is training for her successful show jumping career.


But there’s more!

Bill Gates house

The house in Medina, overlooking Lake Washington

Bill Gates’ Yacht

Does Bill Gates own a yacht?

No, he does not own any superyacht. He is however often linked to large yachts around the world, naming them ‘the yacht of Bill Gates’.


His Friends Own Yachts

He does have a lot of relatives, friends and business partners who do own large yachts. Therefore he 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.


A Holiday on one of the World’s largest Yachts

In 2014 he was having a holiday with his family on board the yacht Serene, one of the largest yachts in the world. To charter a yacht the size of Serene, will probably cost more than USD 2 million per week.


Not his Yacht

Yachts often wrongly referred to as Bill Gates’ yacht are: Octopus (owned by his business partner Paul Allen), Skat (owned by his other business partner/ employee Charles Simonyi) and Attessa, owned by US billionaire Dennis Washington.

Bill Gates’ private jet

His Jet is Large and Fast!

He is the owner of a Bombardier BD-700 private jet.


BD700 Global Express

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.


Top Speed

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.


N887WM

The jet’s registration is N887WM. The WM is for William and Mary, Gates’ parents. Through his membership of Netjets, He also partially owns a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ). Gates uses his private jets intensively, mainly for his work for the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates’ cars

Gates owns many cars. His Medina mansion has a garage for 23 cars. Enough room for his car collection. And with his wealth he can afford every car he desires.


He drives Porsche!

He is known to be a Porsche collector. In his possession are a Porsche 911, a 930 and a rare 959. Of the Porsche 959 only 337 were produced. Manufactured between 1986 and 1993, the 959 was the world’s fastest production car at that time. The Porsche 930  (or 911 Turbo) was produced between 1975 an d 1989. Gates bought the 930 at his early days at Microsoft.


And Mercedes, BMW and a Corvette

Gates has also been seen driving a Mercedes S Class and a BMW 7 series. And of course he is driven around in limousines often. As far as we know is does not own any real exotic cars, like a Rolls Royce or a Bentley. And besides his Porsches he does not seem to own other sports cars like Ferrari or Lamborghini. He is rumored to own a Chevrolet Corvette.


Bill Gates Car Collection

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Net Worth

Bill Gates is the co-founder and chairman of Microsoft. Since 2014, he is the richest man in the world again, with an estimated net worth of USD 89 billion (August 2017). 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. Bill  Gates lives in a USD 125 million, 66,000 sq ft (6,100 m2), estate in Medina overlooking Lake Washington.


Philanthropy

His Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the world. The aims of the 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 Giving Pledge

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.


Other Investments

More than half of his 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.

Guest House at Bill Gates' residence

The guest house at the residence (source: bcj.com)

Bill Gates' Medina mansion

Gates’ Medina mansion

Bill and Melinda Gates' Florida house in Wellington

Bill Gates’ Florida house

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

Bill Gates carBill Gates porsche 959

His cars: a Porsche 911 Turbo (930) and a rare Porsche 959

Bill Gates Home
Bill Gates Net WorthHouse of Bill and Melinda Gates in Medina

Octopus, sometimes referred to as Bill Gates’ yacht

Bill Gates' yachtBill Gates private yet