Bill Gate’s lifestyle: Bill Gates is the wealthiest person on the planet with an estimated net worth of $85.9 billion. That amount of money is simply impossible for most people to wrap their brain around. As the mastermind that seized on the concept that licensing software could change the technology business forever, Gates founded Microsoft and never looked back. We’ve come a long way since DOS for sure. His net worth comes after an astonishing endowment to establish the famed Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
After stepping down as the CEO and subsequently Chairman of Microsoft in 2008, Gates spends his time working through his foundation.
But when you’re worth more than every other human being currently alive on the earth, there isn’t anything you can’t afford.
Money essentially has no limitation and so many things are possible. Most people think about what they would do with one million dollars and begin to dream. Gates is worth that one million dollars 85,900 times over! Everyone would assume that Gates would have multiple residences, several vehicles and his own aircraft, but there are a number of extras attached to his lifestyle that you may find surprising. So the following are some of the more interesting things that Gates does with his vast wealth.
10. HIS CHILDREN WILL NOT INHERIT EVERYTHING
9. Funded a Super Banana
I suppose $10 million to fund a genetically enhanced banana is no big deal when you’re the wealthiest man on earth. If you want a super banana, you get a super banana! Seems a bit odd and eccentric, but then again maybe he just really likes bananas. Well, like so many of his other investments, there’s a pretty awesome reason. In Africa, bananas are very abundant and a popular source of food. The banana itself though is not rich in vitamin A. It turns out that vitamin A deficiency can cause problems with eyesight, including blindness. A deficiency in vitamin A is also bad for the immune system. So Gates saw the opportunity to enhance bananas with more vitamin A as a great chance to save more lives! Leave it to Bill Gates to be so innovative and creative with his money.
8. Air Travel
Microsoft company policy for a long time was that every employee flew coach. One former employee recounted a time in 1990 when he was traveling with Gates and sure enough, Bill himself was sitting in the coach section right along with the others. The word is that Bill actually flew coach until 1997. These days though, things are a little different. Bill now owns a Bombardier BD-700 Global Express, which apparently seats 19 and costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million give or take. This is a far cry from flying coach, but of course things are a little different for him now. With philanthropic and research interests all over the earth, his need to travel is a little more frequent. Plus, let’s be honest, when you’re worth about $85 billion, you can splurge a bit.
7. Ending Poverty
Gates very publicly wants to end poverty. He is of the belief that through the intervention of some of the wealthiest people on earth, it is possible to create a better life for humanity. For this reason, beyond his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and Warren Buffett established The Giving Pledge Foundation. Both men, set out to meet with some of the wealthiest people in Asian nations to implore them to join the initiative. If the goal of eradicating poverty is the mission of The Giving Pledge Foundation, then it will take a lot more than Bill and Warren, though, there are no two men better paired to convince others to join. Over 80 people have signed-on and pledged their support to the foundation. His giving spirit and drive to help others is truly inspirational for the world.
6. Xanadu 2.0
There’s been a lot of talk about some of the things in and around Gates’ home, but the home itself is a pretty amazing part of Bill Gates’ lifestyle. Named Xanadu 2.0, Gates’ home is a remarkable 66,000 square feet. It took him seven years to complete the home at a cost of about $63 million. Today, it is said that the property is worth over $123 million! The home has 24 bathrooms and a dining hall that can accommodate as many as 150 people. The property includes a swimming pool that allegedly plays music under water. It also has a 2,100 square foot library with a couple of secret bookcases that pivot (how very Scooby Doo of him). His home theater is in the art deco style and has 20, very comfortable seats for viewing entertainment. Finally, Gates had the sand on the bank of the lake brought in by barge from St. Lucia! By the way, Xanadu 2.0 is so massive that he pays somewhere around $1 million a year in property taxes for the estate!
5. Bill Gates Only Speaks English
4. His Best Friend is Warren Buffett
Bill has written about his very close friendship that has lasted many years with Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. The two spend time together as often as possible and have even created The Giving Pledge Foundation together. Gates will often travel to Omaha, Nebraska to see Buffett (who picks him up personally at the airport… no limo). Bill Gates also considers Buffett to be a mentor. He keeps only two numbers on speed dial at his office and one of those is Warren Buffett. He’ll consider what his friend would do in a variety of situations. They enjoy spending time together and visiting. Warren even bought Bill’s meal at McDonald’s with coupons once. Pretty cool billionaire friendship if ever there was one.
3. Gates Got Himself An iPhone
2. Bill Gates Loves Doing The Dishes
1. He Is An Avid Blogger
He shares most all of his thoughts through a blog that is wealth of information on all of his projects and many personal insights. Gatesnotes.com provides readers with detailed glimpses into the wealthiest man on earth’s thoughts. Those that don’t know about Bill can read about him and his wife, along with the history of the founding of Microsoft and other ventures through his life. Gates Notes also talks extensively about projects that are for the betterment of the world. Whether it is his philanthropic efforts to end poverty, ideas on the improving education or initiatives in the world of science and technology, he puts all of those thoughts in his blog. It is available for all to see and kept surprisingly current given his very busy schedule.