Eight Of The Best Stories About Bill Gates' Eccentricity

By on February 17, 2017 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. He has a net worth of $90 billion and has changed the way we do things. It could surely be argued that without Microsoft, the personal computing revolution wouldn't have been the same. Gates went from a high school hacker to Harvard dropout, to billionaire Microsoft founder, to philanthropist. Along the way, stories of his eccentric behavior have followed him. Following is a collection of some of the best eccentric stories about Bill Gates.

Bill Gates The Lady Killer

When he was in high school, Gates was already a whiz on computers, so his school administration asked him to use their computers to create a class schedule. Instead, Gates used the computers to fill his classes with the girls he was interested in.

Bill Gates The College Years

Bill Gates attended Harvard, but he never went to any of the classes he was actually signed up for. Bill had to do things his way and he went to whatever class interested him that day. You would think this would have a negative effect on his GPA but it didn't. Gates still managed to get straight As in the classes he never went to.

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Bill Gates The College Dropout

While he was at Harvard, Gates came up with a solution to a 30-year-old math problem called "pancake sorting." When his professor called Gates to tell him his solution was going to be featured in a prestigious math journal, Gates could not have cared less. The 20-year-old was already deep into the founding of Microsoft.

Bill Gates The Racecar Driver

Microsoft's first offices were in Albuquerque because he loved driving fast around the desert. He borrowed a Porsche 928 from a friend and demolished it. Repairs of that car took an entire year.

Bill Gates The Hall Monitor

He used to memorize the license plates of his employees to monitor their coming and going. He once told the Telegraph "I had to be a little careful not to try and apply my standards to how hard they worked. You know, I knew everyone's license plates so I could look out in the parking lot and see when did people come in, when were they leaving. Eventually I had to loosen up…"

Bill Gates The Gamer

Gates was a huge fan of the classic Windows game Minesweeper. He was so obsessed with playing it that he had to uninstall it from his computer or he never would have gotten anything done.

Bill Gates The Housekeeper

He does the dinner dishes every night and finds it to be relaxing. In a forum on Reddit, he said: "I do the dishes every night. Other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it."

Bill Gates The Sensitive Soul

Bill Gates once locked himself in a bathroom during an interview at Comdex after a reporter kept needling him. He refused to come out until the reporter apologized to him.

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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