Bill Gates, chairman and founder of Microsoft Corp.
- Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Age: 57
- Source of Wealth: Microsoft, self-made
- Residence: Medina, WA
- Country of Citizenship: United States
- Education: Drop Out, Harvard University
- Marital Status: Married
- Children: 3
The 57-year-old co-founder of Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) recaptured the title from Mexican investor Carlos , according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as the software maker hit a five-year high. It is the first time Gates has held the mantle since 2007. His fortune is valued at $72.7 billion, up 16 percent year-to-date.
Entrepreneur Bill Gates, born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, began to show an interest in computer programming at the age of 13. Through technological innovation, keen business strategy, and aggressive competitive tactics, he and his partner Paul Allen built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft. In the process, Bill Gates became one of the richest men in the world.