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Bill Gates and his father. Image via Instagram @thisisbillgates

‘He was a great dad’: Bill Gates pays tribute to late father [photos]

‘Remembering my dad’: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remembered his late father who died in 2020 from Alzheimer’s disease

Bill Gates

Bill Gates and his father. Image via Instagram @thisisbillgates

Bill Gates took to Instagram on Thursday, 30 November, and mourned his late father, William Henry Gates II who died in 2020 at 94 years old. Taking to his feed, the Microsoft co-founder gushed over his father on what would have been his 98th birthday.


Bill Gates’ father died from Alzheimer’s disease in September 2020 at his beach home in Washington state, NBC News reported. He is said to have grown up in Washington, where his parents owned a furniture store. He is also sad to have joined the Army following his freshman year at the University of Washington.

The 68-year-old Microsoft co-founder has recently paid tribute to his late father. On his feed, he expressed how much he misses his father and said he couldn’t think of anyone better to share a name with.

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“Remembering my dad, Bill Gates Sr., on what would have been his 98th birthday. His life was a testament to the power of generosity, humility, and wisdom. I will be forever inspired by his impact on the world—and I can’t think of a better person to share a name with,” Bill said.

In a previous post, Bill gushed over his father and shared a few of his favourite things about his dad’s character. ​

“He was a great dad and an amazing “poppy” to my three incredible kids. He had a strong sense of justice, treated everyone with kindness, and always made time for chocolate ice cream and brownies. I miss him every day,” he said.

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Bill Gates’s father died in 2020. Image via Instagram @thisisbillgates


Bill Gates’ father’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Diseasehas has evidently affected his billionaire son. “I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone,” Bill said. In 2020, the Microsoft co-founder decided to launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Data Initiative (ADDI).

“My hope is that the data-sharing facilitated by our partnership will move us closer to a world where no one has to watch someone they love suffer,” he shared.

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