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He Was Everything I Try To Be, Says Bill Gates As His Father Passes Away At The Age Of 94!

Bill Gates And His Father
Source: The Lasker Foundation

Bill Gates’ Father William H. Gates Sr. Passes Away

Bill Gates’ father William H. Gates Sr. expired yesterday at the age of 94. Bill’s father was a former attorney general. Bill revealed in his blog that he was not expecting his father to leave the world for a better place. He said:

β€œWe will miss him more than we can express right now. We are feeling grief but also gratitude. My dad’s passing was not unexpectedβ€”he was 94 years old and his health had been decliningβ€”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.”

Bill Gates And His Father
Source: The Lasker Foundation

Bill’s Father Had A Big Impact On His Life

Gates wrote a blog article entirely dedicated to his father which many would feel is a farewell letter to him. Bill highlighted the influence of his father in his life and how his father has unknowingly shaped him as the person he is today. He further wrote in his blog:

β€œMy dad also had a profound influence on my drive. When I was a kid, he wasn’t prescriptive or domineering, and yet he never let me coast along at things I was good at, and he always pushed me to try things I hated or didn’t think I could do (swimming and soccer, for example).”

Bill Gates Presses On The Influence Of His Father On His Philanthropy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is probably the largest private foundation for philanthropy. However, Bill insists that he got his roots of generosity from his father and mother who have always led by example to teach him about helping others. Bill said:

β€œMy dad’s influence on our philanthropy was just as big. Throughout my childhood, he and my mom taught me by example what generosity looked like in how they used their time and resources.”

Bill Gates' Father
Source: Gates Notes

Bill Gates Admits His Father Was The Real Bill Gates

Bill Gates admitted that he has always tried to be like his father. He said:

β€œPeople used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates. The truth is, he was everything I try to be. I will miss him every day.”

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