6 Inspiring Bill Gates Facts

Bill Gates is considered to be the richest man in the world. His fortune amounts at over $70 billion, which is more than the GDP of over 100 countries. He makes $250 a minute, which means he’ll make about $20.000 by the time you’ve finished reading this article. Surely there is much to learn from such a successful man, placed by Forbes in the top 100 most powerful people in the world. Here are some interesting Bill Gates facts that speak volumes:

1. As a child, Gates studied at one of the few schools in the US with a computer terminal. He fell in love with programming instantly and often skipped other classes in order to improve his programming skills. He still graduated with a score of 1590 out of 1600, which probably means he didn’t find school to be very challenging.

2. He continued his studies at Harvard, which he dropped out of before getting his degree. He promised his dad however that he’ll get a degree, and so he did – in 2007 he received a Harvard honorary degree.

3. During his years at Harvard he told his professors that he would earn his first million before he would be 30. He did better than that: at 31 he was a billionaire.

4.  He is a perfectionist. During the first years of Microsoft, Bill Gates personally checked whether the software codes were accurate.

5. He’s not infallible. He made a number of inaccurate predictions, such as the fact that PCs will never need more than 640 KB of memory.

6. He likes to give back to the communities…around the Globe. His foundation has donated over $28 billion in charity, which is why he was knighted in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. In 2010, he pledged to donate over half his fortune to charity, but he will probably donate much more – his children will only inherit $10 million each.