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Short Info

Net Wortharound $20 million, $70 billion
Date Of BirthMay 23, 1999, August 15, 1964
SpouseBill Gates
FactShe is the second of four children. Melinda has an older sister and two younger brothers.


Early life, family, educational background

Rory John Gates was born on 23 May 1999, in Seattle, Washington State USA, to parents Bill and Melinda Gates. His father is an investor, business magnate, philanthropist and author, while his mother is a philanthropist and former general manager at Microsoft. He has two sisters, Jennifer Katherine Gates who is three years older than him, and Phoebe Adele Gates, who is three years younger. Rory and his sisters were not allowed mobile phones until they turned fourteen and were raised as normally as possible by their parents, considering the Gates’ position in the business, with Bill one of the richest people in the world. They are Catholic (Protestants) by faith.

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He attended and matriculated from Lakeside school, which is the same school that his father attended, and is rated as a higher-class private school in Seattle. He went on to graduate from Duke University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics, after which he is studying for an MBA degree at Fuqua School of Business.

Family’s personal life

The three siblings received a decent amount of pocket money for completing their household chores, and each was given an equal set of responsibilities. Rory was allowed his first mobile phone at the age of fourteen, as his father wanted to limit his children’s exposure to technology. He also had to give his passwords to his parents, for them to better keep track of his activity. Rory and his siblings have all been vaccinated fully, as stated publicly by their mother on her Instagram account in an attempt to convince everyone, especially anti-vaxxers, to ‘listen to the science… and act to protect our children.’

Who is Bill Gates?

William Henry ‘Bill’ Gates III was born on 28 October 1955, in Seattle, and as of early 2020 is the world’s second-richest person, known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. His parents were William Henry Gates Sr., a prominent lawyer and philanthropist, and Mary Maxwell Gates, a businesswoman and one of the directors of the Board of the United Way. He is of German, Irish, Scots-Irish and English ancestry. Bill has two siblings, older sister Kristianne and younger sister Libby. At the age of thirteen, he began attending Lakeside school where his interest in computer programming was first revealed. The school’s “Mother’s Club” used proceeds from the school’s rummage sale to buy a block of computer time on a General Electronic Computer, and a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal for the students.

Bill Gates

Bill took this opportunity to learn BASIC on which he created his first program, a variation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play against the computer. Once the donation from the “Mother’s Club” had run out, the students sought time on other systems, one being the PDP-10 that belonged to the Computer Centre Corporation. He was eventually banned from the Centre, along with Ric Weiland, Kent Evans and Paul Allen for exploiting program bugs in an attempt to gain more computer time. Bill and his three friends subsequently made a deal to find flaws in programs in exchange for more computer time. After matriculating from Lakeside school, Bill enrolled at Harvard University, however, he dropped out after two years because he believed that he was not learning anything of interest.

He joined Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico to create Microsoft in 1975, with the retail version of Microsoft Windows launching on 20 November 1985, and becoming the world’s largest personal computer software company. Bill led the company as CEO and chairman until he stepped down as CEO in January 2000, remaining as chairman and becoming their chief software architect. He has been described as one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. He held the title of Forbes’ richest person in the world from March 2014 to July 2017, after which he moved down to the second place largely because of his very generous philanthropic activitiesm, and has remained there since.

Bill met Melinda French, a graduate from Duke University, in 1987 at a company picnic after she joined Microsoft as a product manager. She initially rejected Bill when he asked her out, being quoted by “Business Insider” as saying, ‘That’s not spontaneous enough for me,’ but she later agreed, and Bill and Melinda eventually married in 1994 in a private ceremony in Lanai, Hawaii. Their first child, Jennifer Katherine Gates, was born on 26 April 1996, followed three years later by Rory and finally another three years later on 14 September 2002 by Phoebe Adele Gates. Bill and Melinda started the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,” in 2000, and it has become one of the world’s largest private charitable organizations. The foundation aims to reduce poverty, expand educational opportunities and access to information technology, and better healthcare.

Bill and his wife have worked hard to give all three of their children a healthy life and guarantee/secure a quality education for them. They appear to be very hands-on parents, with Melinda leaving Microsoft in 1996 to start and raise their family, and both parents taking the children on educational tours to learn more about different histories and cultures. In 2010, Bill stated that he intends to give his children each a ‘minuscule’ sum of his fortune as he believes that they should independent, and capable enough to work and make a living for themselves. He will donate the rest of his assets to his foundation.

As of early 2020, it’s estimated that Bill’s net worth is over $105 billion, and sources believe that he intends to give each child between $10 and $20 million.

Career

Rory is still a full-time student, and there are no details on any career history of his. His education would suggest that he will be involved with Microsoft, possibly in a high managerial position when his father steps down completely.

Personal life

Not much is known about Rory’s personal life as he prefers to keep it private and does not even have a social media account. Rory and his family reside in a $123.54 million mansion located in Medina, Washington US. The mansion is named Xanadu 2.0 after the fictional home of Charles Foster Kane, a character in the 1941 drama film “Citizen Kane” by Orson Welles. The mansion is earth-sheltered on the side of a hill and overlooks Lake Washington.

The mansion was built on a lot that his father, Bill, bought for $2 million in 1988 and is 66 000 sq ft. With a 60 ft. Swimming pool, underwater music system and six kitchens located in different parts of the house ready for any social event. The mansion has innovative technology that regulates temperature more efficiently. The house has various sensors and is built with materials which efficiently regulate temperature. The house has six kitchens and is reportedly ‘earth-sheltered.’ The kitchens are in different parts of the house to ensure that the staff are always prepared for an event. Rory seems to have inherited his parents’ compassionate nature by giving a third of his pocket money to various charitable causes from a young age, as well as helping with his parents’ foundation.

Gates family

It appears that he has a close relationship with both of his parents, especially his mother, who has praised her son for being a feminist. She wrote in an essay posted on the eve of his 18th birthday, ‘Rory is compassionate and curious. He’s a great son and a caring brother. He’s inherited his parents’ obsessive love of puzzles. And one of the things that makes me proudest: Rory is a feminist. As he goes out into the world, I feel more optimistic than ever about the future his generation will build.’ In 2015, Rory and his mom travelled to Malawi in South-eastern Africa to see the work their foundation has achieved. They met with a group of men that were working together to shift gender norms in the community.

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Christmas. It's my absolute favorite time of year—it always has been. Over the years, Bill and I have tried to keep the traditions we grew up with alive for our own family, while starting a few of our own. One of them is something we call "closing the doors for Christmas." As soon as the kids are all out of school for break, we pull back from our usual routines and spend that time with family instead. The older and busier our kids get, the more special that time becomes. I'm grateful that we can still allow ourselves to be present for the moments that matter—and give this time of year the space in our hearts that it deserves. May your holidays be full of warmth, wonder, and time with those you love.

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These men would help their wives with household chores and involve their wives in big decisions, like finances, while making an effort to persuade other men in the community to do the same. Melinda was quite impressed with this initiative and believed that what they were doing was remarkable. However, Melinda said that he disagreed with her as he thinks all men should stand up against unfair norms. Melinda wrote in an essay dedicated to Rory for his 18th birthday, ‘He told me he thinks that standing up to unfair norms is nothing more than exactly what men everywhere should be doing…he also believes that it’s a universal responsibility and one that he’s already striving to uphold in his own life.’

For his 20th birthday in 2019, he requested donations to the “National Suicide Prevention Lifeline” and raised $100,000.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

When he was 10, he wrote a poem entitled “What’s Known As Diamante” while on vacation in Europe The poem was about the physics of light, black holes and stars and was inspired by the knowledge of physics that his father presented him with during their family vacation. It was made up of seven lines written in the shape of a diamond. Bill published the poem on his website in April 2010, and it was received with fascinated interest by the public. Rory, along with his father and grandfather, threw out the first pitch at Safeco Field in the 2013 game for the Seattle Mariners, which suggests that he and his family are fans of the baseball team.

He is passionate about cars, and it has been reported that he owns a Porsche Panamera, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Mercedes Benz. He was also seen flying in 2016, suggesting he’s intrigued with flying as well.

Appearance

He is of white ethnicity, and has golden brown hair with brown eyes. His build is described as athletic – he has a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and weight of about 115lbs (52kgs).

Net worth and salary

According to Wikinetworth.com, his estimated net worth is between $10 and $20 million, mainly accumulated from his inheritance from his father.

General Info

Full NameRory John Gates
Net Wortharound $20 million, $70 billion
Date Of BirthMay 23, 1999, August 15, 1964
Height1.68 m
ProfessionPhilanthropist, Businessperson
EducationFuqua School of Business, Duke University
NationalityAmerican, American

Family

SpouseBill Gates
ChildrenJennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates
ParentsMelinda Gates, Bill Gates, Elaine Agnes Amerland, Raymond Joseph French, Jr.
SiblingsJennifer Katharine Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates

Accomplishments

AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom, Padma Bhushan, Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, Order of the Aztec Eagle, Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award, Bambi - Millennium Award, Glamour Award for The Advocate

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1On average, women spend about twice as much time as men doing the unpaid work that makes life possible for everyone, like cooking, cleaning and caring. In developing countries, the gap is even bigger. As a result, women have no time to finish their education, learn new skills, open a business or even go to the doctor. They dream about creating a better future for their children , but they can't spare the hours to put those dreams into action.
2Sometimes it's the people you can't help who inspire you the most.
3There are absolutely lots of teachers who are trying to come into the profession, but they are not attracted enough to say, 'I'm going to switch careers to do it,' or they are often not retained... because the salaries and the compensation aren't there to make it happen.
4Government funding that's coming from the United States is making a huge difference on the ground in the developing world. It's really palpable - it's making a huge difference saving lives.
5Women around the world should have a tool that helps them plan their pregnancies.
6I'm constantly saying to myself, 'I'm lucky I was born in the United States.'
7I want to live as private a life as I can because of our children.
8I realized that the only way to get into a good college was to be valedictorian or salutatorian. So that was my goal.
9Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh.
10We would be driving down the street in a place like Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and started to see, my gosh, the only people that have shoes are men. Why does that woman have a baby in her belly and one on her back, and she's carrying a huge load of bananas? You start to ask these questions.
11There's a false perception that women in Africa somehow don't love their babies they way we do, don't grieve their loss the way we would. That is simply not true.
12We started this mostly from an intellectual place.
13We have to be careful in how we use this light shined on us.
14The premise of this foundation is one life on this planet is no more valuable than the next.
15I'm wholehearted about whatever I do.
16I think the Americans need to understand that a lot of times the children are bored in school, and that is why they are not staying in.
17After a number of years dating, we decided we were good partners.
18Kids are falling through the cracks and nobody notices it. That to me is what's wrong with the school system.
19Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio.
20If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.
21My background was computer science and business school, so eventually I worked my way up where I was running product groups - development, testing, marketing, user education.
22In the developing world, it's about time that women are on the agenda. For instance, 80 percent of small-subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are women, and yet all the programs in the past were predominantly focused on men.
23I think it's very important that we instill in our kids that it has nothing to do with their name or their situation that they're growing up in; it has to do with who they are as an individual.
24You can't save kids just with vaccines.
25You can have the best vaccines for a woman or her child, but if you can't get her to come and get them then they won't work.
26It is still just unbelievable to us that diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child deaths in the world.
27I learn in a different way. I learn experientially.
28We talk a lot in our home together about where we're going, what I'm doing.
29All lives have an equal value.
30But we also believe in taking risks, because that's how you move things along.
31I care much more about saving the lives of mothers and babies than I do about a fancy museum somewhere.

Facts

#Fact
1Individually, but at the same time as her husband, Bill, Melinda was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, by President Barack Obama, in a live televised ceremony held in the East Room of the White House, on November 22, 2016, along with nineteen other recipients, the the largest, and final Medal of Freedom ceremony of Obama's presidency. At this ceremony, the twenty-one total recipients, in alphabetical order, included: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elouise Cobell (posthumous award given to her son), Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Richard Garwin, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret Hamilton (as Margaret H. Hamilton), Tom Hanks, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (posthumous award given to her niece), Michael Jordan, Maya Lin, Lorne Michaels, Newton Minow, Eduardo Padron (as Eduardo Padrón), Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Vin Scully, Bruce Springsteen, and Cicely Tyson.
2Melinda and Bill were married in Lanai (Hawaii) where the 100+ guests included Warren Buffett, Katherine Graham, Paul G. Allen and Craig McCaw. Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson entertained the guests at the wedding reception.
3She met Bill Gates, by chance, while both were present at a press conference in Manhattan.
4She graduated from Duke University (economics) and Fuqua School of Business (business).
5She is the second of four children. Melinda has an older sister and two younger brothers.
6Mother of Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, and Phoebe Adele Gates.
7She and her husband, Bill Gates, were both awarded the 2010 'J. William Fulbright' Prize for International Understanding.
8Along with Bono and Bill Gates, was named one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year in 2005.

Movies

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shout Gladi Gladi2015Documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS News Sunday Morning2017TV SeriesHerself
Skavlan2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHerself
Shout Gladi Gladi2015DocumentaryInterviewee
Charlie Rose2006-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Gomorron2015TV SeriesHerself
On the Money2015TV SeriesHerself - Co-Chair, Gates Foundation / Herself - Philanthropist
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHerself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHerself
Katie2014TV SeriesHerself
60 Minutes2010-2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Philanthropist (segment "The Giving Pledge") / Herself - Bill's Wife (segment "Bill Gates 2.0") / Herself - Philanthropist (segment "Giving Away a Fortune")
The Colbert Report2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Das Milliardenversprechen2012TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Morning2006TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes2013-2016TV Series documentaryHerself - Philanthropist (segment "The Giving Pledge") / Herself - Bill's Wife (segment "Bill Gates 2.0")
America's Book of Secrets2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHerself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2013BambiBambi AwardsMillenium

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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