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Facts you should know about Bill Gates

Most people know three things about Bill Gates:
  1. He's the richest man in the world.
  2. He cofounded one of the most successful tech companies of all time: Microsoft.
  3. He's an extremely generous philanthropist through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
But despite his philanthropic efforts and online presence, there are a lot of things about Gates you probably didn't know.

As a teen at Lakeside Prep School, Gates wrote his first computer program on a General Electric computer. It was a version of tic-tac-toe where you could play against the machine.

As a teen at Lakeside Prep School, Gates wrote his first computer program on a General Electric computer. It was a version of tic-tac-toe where you could play against the machine.
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Source: Science Museum

Once his school discovered Gates' coding abilities, they let him write the school's computer program for scheduling students in classes. Gates slyly altered the code so that he was placed in classes with a "disproportionate number of interesting girls."

Once his school discovered Gates' coding abilities, they let him write the school's computer program for scheduling students in classes. Gates slyly altered the code so that he was placed in classes with a "disproportionate number of interesting girls."
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Source: Science Museum

Also during his teenage years, Gates read the entire "World Book Encyclopedia" series.

Also during his teenage years, Gates read the entire "World Book Encyclopedia" series.
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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Gates scored a 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.

Gates scored a 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.
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Source: Science Museum

Like many other successful tech entrepreneurs, Gates was a college dropout. He left Harvard University in 1975 to fully devote himself to Microsoft.

Like many other successful tech entrepreneurs, Gates was a college dropout. He left Harvard University in 1975 to fully devote himself to Microsoft.
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Source: The Week

Two years after he dropped out of Harvard, Gates was arrested in New Mexico. He was driving without a license and ran a red light.

Two years after he dropped out of Harvard, Gates was arrested in New Mexico. He was driving without a license and ran a red light.
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Source: The Telegraph

At Microsoft, Gates used to memorize employees' license plates to keep tabs on their comings and goings. "Eventually I had to loosen up, as the company got to a reasonable size," he said.

At Microsoft, Gates used to memorize employees' license plates to keep tabs on their comings and goings. "Eventually I had to loosen up, as the company got to a reasonable size," he said.
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Source: BBC

Speaking of cars, Gates has quite the Porsche collection. The headliner is his Porsche 959 sports car, which he bought 13 years before the car was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency or US Department of Transportation.

Speaking of cars, Gates has quite the Porsche collection. The headliner is his Porsche 959 sports car, which he bought 13 years before the car was approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency or US Department of Transportation.
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Source: Wired

For air travel, Gates used to fly coach. Nowadays he gets around in the plane he's owned since 1997, which he calls his "big splurge."

Source: Reddit

Besides his plane, one of Gates' biggest splurges was the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci. He acquired it at a 1994 auction for $30.8 million.

Source: Fast Company

Despite his immense wealth, Gates says that his kids will inherit only $10 million each — just a fraction of his $81.1 billion net worth. "Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them," he says.

Despite his immense wealth, Gates says that his kids will inherit only $10 million each — just a fraction of his $81.1 billion net worth. "Leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them," he says.
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Source: Reddit

Though he spends most of his time with his foundation, Gates says that he is still working with Microsoft on its "Personal Agent," which will "remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to."

Though he spends most of his time with his foundation, Gates says that he is still working with Microsoft on its "Personal Agent," which will "remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to."
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Source: Reddit

Gates says that if Microsoft hadn't worked out, he probably would've been a researcher for artificial intelligence.

Gates says that if Microsoft hadn't worked out, he probably would've been a researcher for artificial intelligence.
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Source: Reddit

Despite his interest in AI, Gates says that he is "in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence." That camp also includes notable leaders in science in technology, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.

Despite his interest in AI, Gates says that he is "in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence." That camp also includes notable leaders in science in technology, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.
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Source: Reddit

His favorite band? Weezer. He also calls U2 a "favorite" and says that he's still "waiting for Spinal Tap to go back on tour."

His favorite band? Weezer. He also calls U2 a "favorite" and says that he's still "waiting for Spinal Tap to go back on tour."
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Source: Reddit

Gates says that he reads 50 books a year. Gates says that "reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding."

Gates says that he reads 50 books a year. Gates says that "reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding."
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These were his favorite books from 2015.

Gates doesn't know any foreign languages. That, he says, is his biggest regret in life thus far.

Gates doesn't know any foreign languages. That, he says, is his biggest regret in life thus far.
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Source: Reddit

source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-17-surprising-facts-2016-2?IR=T/#gates-doesnt-know-any-foreign-languages-that-he-says-is-his-biggest-regret-in-life-thus-far-17

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