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Interesting Facts About Bill Gates

1. When Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple, Gates said, “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. 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.”

2. As of April 2010, Bill Gates had donated over $36,854,000,000 in his lifetime, which is more than half of his current net worth of $61 billion. He has donated more to charity than number eight on the Forbes Rich List (Stefan Persson) is worth ($26.0 billion).

3. The city of Munich chose to migrate their administration from Windows to Linux around 10 years ago, so Bill Gates personally paid a visit to ask for their reasons. The mayor replied “Freedom from you, Mr. Gates.”

4. Bill Gates wrote a letter to Steve Jobs when he was dying, who kept it beside his bed.

5. During Bill Gates’ wedding, to insure his and his wife’s privacy for the day of their wedding, Bill rented every single hotel room at the hotel they were staying and chartered every helicopter close by on the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

6. Bill Gates instituted a company separate from Microsoft in 1989 to digitize famous art and photos because he believed homes would one day be decorated with digital picture frames.

7. Bill Gates purchased the Codex Leicester, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, for a whopping $30.8 million, and made it openly available on Windows Vista.

8. Bill Gates has saved over five million lives by bringing vaccines and improved healthcare to children internationally.

9. Bill Gates received an honorary knighthood from the Queen, but due to his American Citizenship, he cannot use the title “Sir”

10. When Bill Gates was recruited to write the class scheduling software for his high school, he tweaked the program’s code such that he was placed in a class with mostly female students.

11. Bill Gates intends to leave less than $10M for each of his three children, “so they can make their own way.”