The private school he attended as a child was one of the only schools in the US with a computer. The first program he ever used was a tic-tac-toe game.
Although it’s been widely reported that Gates hacked his prep school computers, he reportedly wrote the class scheduling program himself and added a feature that would place him in classes with mostly female students.
He comes by philanthropy naturally—Gates’ mother served on the board of directors for the United Way.
He scored 1590 (out of 1600) on his SATs.
Gates, Paul Allen and Paul Gilbert launched a company while Gates and Allen were still students at Lakeside School in Seattle. Their Traf-O-Data 8008 computer was designed to read data from roadside traffic counters and create reports for traffic engineers.
Gates was arrested in 1977 for driving without a license in New Mexico.
In 1994, he was asked by a TV interviewer if he could jump over a chair from a standing position. Gates promptly took the challenge and leapt over the chair like a boss.
Also in 1994, he purchased Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester for $30 million US.
He flew coach until 1997, even though his net worth was already well into the double-digit billions.
Media attempted to create a new title for Gates—”centibillionaire”—during the dot-com boom, when his net worth briefly surpassed $101 billion.
Gates predicted (inaccurately) in 2004 that within two years, email spam would be obliterated.