Billionaire founder and CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has announced the death of his father, William Gates popularly known as Bill Gates Sr., at the age of 94.
Although the family did not reveal the cause of death, Bill Gates Sr. was said to have been in declining health. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
According to Bill Gates, his dad made him give a $100 million contribution to research for Alzheimer’s disease after he revealed his father suffered from it in 2018.
Following his death, Bill Gates penned an emotional tribute to his late father on his personal blog. He thanked his dad for his wisdom, generosity, compassion, and empathy. He revealed his dad’s support inspired him to leave Harvard University to co-found a company with Paul Allen in 1975.
He wrote, “I will miss my dad every day. We will miss him more than we can express right now. We are feeling grief but also gratitude. My dad’s passing was not unexpected, he was 94 years old and his health had been declining, so we have all had a long time to reflect on just how lucky we are to have had this amazing man in our lives for so many years. My dad’s wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world. I knew their love and support were unconditional, even when we clashed in my teenage years. I am sure that’s one of the reasons why I felt comfortable taking some big risks when I was young, like leaving college to start Microsoft with Paul Allen.”
The Microsoft CEO added, “We worked together at the foundation not so much as father and son but as friends and colleagues. When we started doing so in a big way at the foundation, we had no idea how much fun we would have. We only grew closer for more than two decades of working together. When I am at my best, I know it is because of what I learned from my dad about respecting women, honoring individuality, and guiding children’s choices with love and respect. The experience of being the son of Bill Gates was incredible. People used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates. The truth is, he was everything I try to be.”