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  1. Bill Gates, since 2007, has given away 48% of his net worth (roughly $28 billion dollars), which has helped save 6 million lives.

  2. A Harvard professor who had worked with Bill Gates called him shortly after he had left to start Microsoft. The professor recalled, "He had moved to Albuquerque... to run a small company writing code for microprocessors, of all things. I remember thinking: 'Such a brilliant kid. What a waste.'"

  3. During his 2009 TED talk, Bill Gates opened a jar of mosquitoes saying “Malaria is spread by mosquitoes. I brought some… I’ll let them roam around. There is no reason only poor people should be infected” & waited for ~a minute before telling the audience that the bugs were malaria-free.

  4. Bill Gates Has Given Away $28 Billion Since 2007, Saving 6 Million Lives

  5. When Steve Jobs accused Microsoft of stealing idea for Windows from Mac, Bill Gates replied: "Well, Steve, .... I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

  6. Bill Gates has given away over 28 billion dollars since 2007 resulting in an estimated 6 million+ lives saved.

  7. Starbucks would not exist without the intervention of Bill Gates’ dad, who yelled at and shamed a colleague for trying to outbid Howard Schultz’ on Starbucks and steal “a kid’s” dream away from him. The colleague withdrew and Gates Sr. helped Howard Schultz fund the deal.

  8. Bill Gates predicts that the growth of instructional software will replace textbooks. However, in a 2018 survey of college students, the trade publication Library Journal found that 75 percent say that reading print books is easier than e-books

  9. In 1989, Bill Gates answered a Microsoft tech support call, and identified himself only as "William", then solved the issue. The customer called back later specifically requesting him.

  10. Bill Gates bought the Most Expensive Book in the World, Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester for nearly $50 million.

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Solitaire was created by a Microsoft intern who wasn't paid for the game. Bill Gates liked the idea but complained it was too difficult to win at this game. Original version also included a fake Excel spreadsheet to hide the game from your boss.

Bill Gates' net worth is still 10x as much as Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne's estimated net worth is in the comics..

McDonalds has a Gold Card that entitles the holder to free, unlimited food. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have one, as does Charles Ramsey, who ditched his half-eaten Big Mac to help rescue three kidnapped women.

In 1997, Bill Gates invested $150 million in Apple to save it from going bankrupt.

The Bill Gates backed company Impossible Foods has created a burger patty that tastes, sizzles, and bleeds like real meat, made entirely from plant matter.

Bill Gates once released mosquitos during a Ted Talk, stating that "poor people shouldn't be the only ones to have this experience."

Bill Gates' net worth is four and a half times as large as North Korea's estimated GDP

When Bill Gates' daughter started kindergarten, he dropped her off at school in the mornings to help out his wife, Melinda. Within a few weeks, seeing this, other dads at the school began to drop their children off in the mornings instead of their wives.

Warren Buffett once took Bill Gates to McDonalds. He offered to pay, and then reached into his pocket and pulled out coupons.

The Walton family has given away about 2% of its net worth to charity, Bill Gates is giving away 48% of his net worth, and Warren Buffet 78% of his net worth.

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Hammer was purchased for $30,802,500 in 1994 by Bill Gates; 3 years later he released a digital version of the historic diary for all the world to enjoy. - fact check

Bill Gates selected 11 condoms of the future, and each finalist was given $100,000 to pursue their quest for a superior condom. Gates says, "The idea is making them easier for people to use in the moment, in the dark, whatever situation they're in."

When confronted by Steve Jobs about Windows using the same graphical interface as the Macintosh, Bill Gates responded by saying "I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

Bill Gates Has Given Away $28 Billion Since The Year 2007, Saving 6 Million Lives

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett went to lunch together at McDonalds. Warren paid, and had a coupon

Bill Gates has a McDonald’s Gold Card for unlimited free fast food - fact check

Bill Gates accidentally got into philanthropy after he and his wife accidentally came across extremely impoverished people while they were sight seeing. He now says philanthropy is the "best job in the world."

Bill Gates purchased Leonardo DaVinci's Hammer Codex AKA Codex Leicester for US$30,802,500 then uploaded it to the internet for the everyone to download and read for a measly $20! What a guy.

Bill Gates received an honorary knighthood from the Queen but as an American cannot use the title "Sir"

Bill Gates owns a small investment firm which has the sole purpose of selling off shares of his Microsoft stocks on a daily basis and investing the profits in a tiny portfolio of high performance non-tech companies.

In an effort to meet girls Bill Gates hacked his school computers to enroll him into classes where he was the only boy. The scheme did not work as Gates lacked the social skills and admits he was "below average on talking to girls" - fact check

In 1994, Bill Gates bought the Da Vinci Codex for $30M and then had it scanned and distributed as screensaver and wallpapers for Windows95

Bill Gates once released mosquitos at his presentation on malaria, stating "There's no reason only poor people should have the experience."

Bill & Melinda Gates have donated more money to charity than the world's 21st richest person is worth, which totals to about 28 billion dollars.

In 2009, Bill Gates gave a presentation on mosquitoes and malaria. After he explained the severity of the disease and how it's transmitted via mosquitoes, he ended his presentation by releasing a swarm of mosquitoes into the audience.