Consequently, Forbes Magazine listed Bill Gates as the absolute richest billionaire in the world from 1995 to 2009, and he maintained the position until he was overthrown by a Mexican media businessman called Carlos Slim Helu. With a net worth of $72 billion, Helu remained the world’s richest billionaire until recently, when the combined strength of Bill’s $76 billion worth and a very welcomed rise in Microsoft’s shares allowed him to become the richest of the rich once more in the eyes of Forbes’ experts.
Born on 28 October in 1955, Bill Gates was a key figure in the creation and management of Microsoft, but he stepped down from the position of Chairman for the renowned company on February 4, 2014 in order to take on a much more stress-free position as a Technology Advisor. As far as his generosity is concerned, Gates is pretty much one of the most giving billionaires in the world at the moment, but his philanthropy endeavors started all the way back in 1994 when he created the William H. Gates Foundation by selling a part of his Microsoft shares. He was inspired by the great works of John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, and six years later, he created the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation alongside his wife.
Needless to say, Bill Gates is undoubtedly the most successful businessman on the planet. His charitable endeavors and the fact that he is widely regarded as the father of Microsoft already allowed him to secure a cozy spot in the history books, and it’s a well-deserved spot indeed if you think about it.