Bill Gates Sr. Biography – Bill Gates Sr. Wiki
Bill Gates Sr. (born William Henry Gates II) was an American attorney and philanthropist, and author of the book Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime. He was the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.
He served under the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Washington under the G.I. Bill, earning a B.A. in 1949 and a J.D. degree in 1950. He co-founded Shidler & King in 1964, which later became Preston Gates & Ellis LLP (PGE). He practiced with the firm until 1998, when it was merged into the firm now known as K&L Gates.
He served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. He has also served on the boards of numerous Northwest organizations, including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, King County United Way and Planned Parenthood. In 1995, he founded the Technology Alliance whose mission is to expand technology-based employment in Washington.
In 1998, Gates retired from PGE. He served for fifteen years on the Board of Regents for the University of Washington, and was a co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which his son Bill and his daughter-in-law Melinda founded, until his death. He served as a director for Costco Wholesale, a bulk retail corporation, since 2003. He was also a founding co-chair of the Pacific Health Summit.
William H. Gates Sr. was co-author, with Chuck Collins, of the book Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, a defense of the policies promoted by the estate tax. He served as an Honorary Chair for the World Justice Project. The project works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity.
Bill Gates Sr. Age
Bill Gates Sr. was born on November 30, 1925, in Bremerton, Washington, United States. He died on September 14, 2020, at the age of 94.
Bill Gates Sr. Wife
Bill Gates Sr. was married to his first wife Mary Maxwell Gates from 1951 until her death in 1994. They met at the University of Washington (UW). He was married to his second wife Mimi Gardner Gates from 1996 until his death on September 14, 2020.
Bill Gates Sr. Children
Bill Gates Sr. and his wife Mary Maxwell Gates had three children: Kristianne, Bill, and Libby.
Bill Gates Sr. Death
Bill Gates Sr. died at his home on September 14, 2020, aged 94. His son Bill Gates announced the sad news on his personal website. Bill Gates wrote in part: “My dad passed away peacefully at home yesterday [September 14, 2020], surrounded by his family….Dad lived a long and enormously meaningful life. I never stopped learning from his wisdom, kindness, and humility. Melinda and I owe him a special debt because his commitment to serving the community and the world helped inspire our own philanthropy. Although he would be the last person to say it, my father’s compassion and generosity will live on in the foundation he helped build. As I’ve said many times before, my dad was the real Bill Gates. He was all the things I strive to be.”
Bill Gates Sr. Cause of Death
Bill Gates Sr.’s cause of death was not revealed. However, it was announced in 2018 that he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Bill Gates Sr. Net Worth
Bill Gates Sr.’s net worth is unknown. However, his son Bill Gates has an estimated net worth of $116.1 billion, according to Forbes.
Bill Gates Sr. Height
Bill Gates Sr. stood at a height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m).