The father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates died Monday, according to his son. William Henry Gates II was 94 years old. https://t.co/DIN0CBh3cy
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Bill Gates Sr., father of Bill Gates, an American lawyer and co-founder of Microsoft. William Henry Gates II, known as William Henry Gates II, died on Monday at his beach house in the Hood Canal in the Seattle area. He was 94 years old.
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Bill Gates’ father, co-founder of Microsoft (MSFT), died on Monday, according to his son. William Henry Gates II was 94 years old.
“We’ve all had a long time to think about how lucky we are to have this amazing man in our lives for so many years,” Bill Gates wrote on his official blog.
Elder Gates was an army veteran and co-founder of Seattle law firm, according to his official biography.
Bill Gates said he was critical in establishing his charity, which has been Gates’s focus ever since his father moved away from running Microsoft.
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be the way it is today without my father,” Gates said.
Bill Gates’s father was the co-chair of the foundation that started in 2000.
The family statement does not give a cause of death, but it does say that William Gates II’s health is declining.
“People would ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates,” wrote the tech boss. “The truth is, it was everything I tried to be.”
William Henry Gates II Career
Gates served under the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. After the war, Gates attended the University of Washington under the G.I. Bill, earning a B.A. in 1949 and a J.D. degree in 1950. While at University of Washington, he was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. He co-founded Shidler McBroom & Gates 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.
Gates 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.
Gates 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 was also the author of the book Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime.
William H. Gates Sr. 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.
William Henry Gates II Personal life
In 1951, he married Mary Maxwell Gates (1929-1994), whom he met at the University of Washington (UW), and they remained married until her death in 1994. They had three children: Kristianne, Bill, and Libby. His two daughters, Kristi Blake and Libby Armintrout are both active members of the UW community.
In 1996, Gates married his second wife Mimi Gardner Gates (b. 1943), who was the director of the Seattle Art Museum.
He was a lifelong supporter of the Washington Huskies college football team.
In 2018, it was revealed that he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Gates died at his beach home, in Hood Canal, on September 14, 2020. He was 94 years old. His son reacted by saying that his “wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world.”