Bill Gates Sr, lawyer and the father of Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates Jr, has died on Monday at his beach home on Hood Canal, in the Seattle area.
According to the family, who made the announcement on Tuesday, 15 September, the 94-year-old died from Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1994, Mr. Gates was 69 and planning to retire from his prestigious law practice in a few years when, one autumn evening, he and his son, Bill, and his daughter-in-law, Melinda, went to a movie. Standing in the ticket line, Bill told his father that he was being inundated with appeals for charity but that he was far too busy running Microsoft to answer them.
Bill Gates Sr stepped in when appeals for charity began to overwhelm his billionaire son and started what became the world’s largest philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
May his soul rest in peace.