10 interesting facts that you did not know about the world’s richest man “Bill Gates”
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft – the world’s largest and most successful PC software company – does not need any introduction.
In our article on Gates last month, we brought to you some unknown facts about the business magnate, dutiful philanthropist, software pioneer, and the world’s richest man. In this article too, we bring to you some interesting unknown facts about Gates that would make you realize that in real life he too is an ordinary person like us.
- When Gates’ school authorities discovered his coding abilities, they recruited him to write the school’s computer program for scheduling students in classes. He very cleverly tweaked the program’s code such that he was placed in a class with mostly female students.
- Gates never attended the classes that he was enrolled for while studying at Harvard University. Instead, he would go and attend classes that he was interested in. Despite this, he would be able to get an “A” grade in his exams.
- While studying at Harvard, Gates was fascinated with a 30-year-old math problem called “pancake sorting,” for which he had found a solution. When his professor called him to tell that his paper had been accepted to a fine math journal, he sounded eminently disinterested.Apparently, by then, he had already left the college to start “Microsoft.”
- Gates always used to go for driving in Albuquerque. Once he had borrowed his friend’s Porsche 928 supercar, which he ended up damaging in an accident. It took a year for the car to get repaired.
- Gates had memorized the car numbers of his employees so that he was aware which employee came in what time.
- Even though the game “Minesweeper” was developed by Microsoft, Gates had got this game removed from the computers’ of his employees so that they could concentrate on their work.
- Microsoft had become one of the successful and richest company in the world by 1990. However, Gates stuck to the company’s rules and policies, according to which, any employee travelling for office related work would have to travel economy class. Even Gates used to travel economy class.
- The word “if” was an indicator that would show Gates’ interest in any proposal or idea. The lesser this word would be used by him while reading the proposal or idea, it would mean that he has liked it.
- Donkey, often known by its file name DONKEY.BAS, is a computer game written for IBM in 1981 by Gates and Neil Konzen. Gates and Konzen used to awake till 4 in the morning to write this game. It is a driving game in which the player must avoid hitting donkeys. However, when Apple saw this game, they found it very rubbish and couldn’t believe that Gates had written this game.
- Gates says that he takes pleasure in doing the dishes at home. He says that he wants to help people, but prefers doing it in his own way.