What is Bill Gates Net Worth, Salary and Income?

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Bill Gates is the software developer pioneer who revolutionalized the microcomputer through the 1970s and 1980s through his multinational technology company Microsoft Corporation. Having co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, the company went on to become the world's largest personal computer software company. Gates serves as the chairman and CEO of Microsoft until he stepped down as its CEO in 2000 and remained chairman of the board of directors. He stepped down as chairman of the board of Microsoft in February 2014 and became a technology adviser. Gates stepped down from his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic works. 

Gates has been focusing on philanthropic efforts including climate change, global health, and development, and education through his foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation has donated over $40 billion in different charities to date. He is one of the billionaires who signed The Giving Pledge. Bill and Melinda Gates announced their divorce from 27 years of marriage in May 2021.  

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What is Bill Gates Net Worth?

Bill Gates is a business mogul who is credited with revolutionizing microcomputers. Gates earned the majority of his fortune through his company, Microsoft Corporation. He was the largest individual shareholder at Microsoft until 2014. 

Alongside Microsoft, Gates has business investments in several other sectors as well. His source of income comes from his business investments in AutoNation (automotive retailer), bgC3 (think-tank company), Canadian National Railway (a Canadian Class I Freight railway), Cascade Investment LLC (a private investment and holding company), Carbon Engineering (for-profit venture), Corbis (digital image licensing and rights services company), EarthNow (Seattle-based startup company), Eclipse Aviation (a defunct manufacturer of very light jets), Impossible Foods (a company that develops plant-based substitutes for meat products), Ecolab (a global provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial, and hospitality markets), ResearchGate (a social networking site for scientists), TerraPower (a nuclear reactor design company), and Ginkgo Bioworks (a biotech startup).

Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people since 1987. He was the world's youngest self-made billionaire with a net worth of $1.25 billion in 1987. He first became the world's wealthiest person from 1995 to 1996. He later retained the world's wealthiest person from 1998 to 2007 and in 2009. Gates's wealth surpassed $100 billion for the first time in 1999. He held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world every year from 1995 to 2017 except from 2010 to 2013. Gates's Forbes title position fell when Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos surpassed him to become the new richest person in the world. 

At present, Gates is the third-richest person in the world. As of April 2021, his net worth is estimated at $146.7 billion. Gates approximately earns $4,630 per second and it is not salary. He approximately makes $21,923,076 daily, $109,615,384 weekly, $475,000,000 monthly, and $5,700,000,000 annually.