Who is Rory John Gates?

Rory John Gates was born on 23 May 1999 under the sign of Gemini, in Seattle, Washington State USA, of British and German descent. He is a 20-year-old celebrity child, recognized for being the only son of business magnate and co-founder of the computer software company Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda Gates, a former general manager at Microsoft, and a philanthropist.

How rich is he, as of now? Rory John Gates Net Worth

Although his career is yet to come, Rory John Gates was a potential billionaire at birth, since his father is the second richest man in the world with an impressive net worth of $106 billion, according to the ‘Forbes’ magazine.

Nonetheless, Rory’s net worth is estimated to be over $20 million, as of early 2020. Moreover, his wealth will increase in the future due to the plans of his father to leave $10 million for each child, while 95% of his wealth would go to charity. His family’s net worth also includes such assets as a luxury car collection and a 66,000-square-foot earth-sheltered mansion called Xanadu 2.0, and valued at more than $127 million, etc.

Popularity as a Celebrity Child

Rory John Gates was raised the middle of three children in one of the richest and most famous families in the world. His parents, Bill and Melinda Gates, met while they were attending a trade fair in New York City. They started their relationship back in 1987, and after dating for seven year, the couple eventually tied the knot at a private wedding ceremony in 1994 in Lanai, Hawaii. Rory’s elder sister Jennifer Katharine Gates is an equestrian, who competes in the Longines Global Champions Tour.

She was born on 26 April 1996, while his younger sister, Phoebe Adele Gates, was born on 14 September 2002. As the only son of Bill Gates, Rory is constantly targeted by paparazzi, but his parents made sure he had a normal childhood along with his sisters. His nationality is American. He belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group, and he’s a Christian.

Poetry and Educational Background

At the age of ten, Rory gained a lot of attention when he wrote the seven-line diamond-shaped poem “What’s Known As A Diamante”, which was published by his father in April 2010. He attended the most prestigious Lakeside School, a private preparatory school in Seattle, Washington State. Upon matriculation, Rory enrolled in Duke University, from which he graduated with a degree in Computer Software Engineering and Economics.

Thereafter, he furthered his education at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, from which he obtained his MBA degree.

Personal Life, Charity Work and Residence

Rory is single at the moment. He frequently helps his parents in collaboration with various charities, even donating about 30% of his pocket money to charity. Rory lives with his family in a mansion located in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington. Rory and his sisters were forbidden to use a mobile phone until the age of 13, since their parents considered it was better for them to be focused on education and not the internet.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Rory has naturally blonde hair and light brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 11ins (1.80m), while his weight is approximately 160lbs (73kgs). His shoe size is 8.5 (US).

Who is His Father? Bill Gates Short Wiki/Bio

His father, William Henry Gates III, known universally as Bill Gates, was born on 28 October 1955 under the sign of Scorpio in Seattle, Washington USA. He was raised the middle of three children by his father, William Henry Gates II who was a famous attorney, and his mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, who served on the board of directors for the United Way of America and First Interstate BancSystem. His elder sister is Kristianne, and his younger sister is Libby.

Educational Background

At the age of 13, Bill was enrolled into the private Lakeside School. When the school purchased a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer, Bill learned BASIC and wrote his first software program.

After their computer time expired, he was banned alongside Paul Allen, Kent Evans, and Rick Weiland by the Computer Center Corporation (CCC) as they tried to obtain more computer time by exploiting program bugs. Fortunately, they made a deal with the CCC to find bugs in their system in exchange for extra computer time. Upon matriculation in 1973, Bill enrolled into Harvard Universtiy, however, he quit his education two years later, believing that he couldn’t learn anything further of use.

Microsoft Corporation

Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft along with friend Paul Allen on 4 April 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Four years later, the company was moved to Bellevue, Washington, and launched the first retail version of Microsoft Windows on 20 November 1985. Over the years, Microsoft became the largest personal computer software company in the world.

Bill Gates served as their Chairman and CEO – in January 2000 he stepped down as CEO, but remained in the position of Chairman until 2014, when he became the chief software architect. He currently serves as a technology adviser to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The company is valued at over $1 trillion, becoming the third American company to reach the trillion-dollar market cap after Apple and Amazon. In 2006, he decided to transfer to a part-time role at the company, and full-time work of the private charitable ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, established in 2000.

Other Business Ventures and Books

Bill Gates is also one of the owners of the private holding and investment company Cascade Investments, LLC. He also owns stakes in numerous other businesses, such as Corbis Corp. and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

In 2008, he launched the research company bgC3, LLC. Moreover, he is the largest single shareholder of Canadian National Railway (CN). He has also founded such companies as Corbis, Branded Entertainment Network, and TerraPower. Most recently, Bill Gates was invited to serving as an Advisory Board Member at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Besides that, has written two books, “The Road Ahead” (1995) and “Business @ The Speed Of Thought” (1999).


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world, with $46.8 billion held in assets. The foundation has such goals as to increase healthcare and lower extreme poverty all around the world. They also emphasize the importance of education and provide access to information technology.

The foundation even established the Gates Cambridge Scholarships at Cambridge University. Besides his own foundation, Bill co-created the campaign “The Giving Pledge”, alongside Warren Buffett and others, encouraging extremely rich people to donate a majority of their fortune to charities. He also collaborates with Rotary International.

Who is His Mother? Melinda Gates Short Wiki/Bio

His mother, Melinda Ann Gates (née French), was born on 15 August 1964 under the sign of Leo, in Dallas, Texas USA. She was raised alongside an elder sister and two younger brothers by their father, Raymond Joseph French Jr., who was an aerospace engineer, and mother Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. She went to St. Monica Catholic School, matriculated from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982, and then enrolled in Duke University, from which she obtained her BA degree in Computer Science and Economics in 1986.

In the following year, she earned her MBA degree from Fuqua School of Business.

Professional Career

Melinda’s professional career started right after her graduation, since she got a job at Microsoft Corporation to work as a marketing manager. In the early 1990s, she was promoted to the position of General Manager of Information Products, staying there until 1996, when she left the job to raise her family.

Moreover, Melinda was on the Board of Trustees of Duke University between 1996 and 2003, and since 2004 she has been serving on the Board of Directors of The Washington Post. Melinda is the co-founder of the charity ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’. Most recently, she published the book “The Moment Of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World” (2019).