What famous billionaires hide: the true stories of people who changed the world

Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg … We are sure that you have heard these names and understand how much these people have done for the modern world.

Their biographies, as well as the stories of other famous billionaires, are often cited as examples of clear evidence that a person can succeed from scratch. But is everything true in these stories?

About secrets, riddles and rumors related to the richest people in the world, read our material.

Bill Gates

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Let’s start with a study of the biography of Bill Gates, because he is a kind of standard stereotypical sample of a botanist-loser, who achieved success thanks to his mind. It is believed that this person has made a real breakthrough in the world of computer technology, and it is to him that we should be grateful that we now have the opportunity to use a PC.

In most articles about Bill Gates, you can find the phrase that “the future genius and billionaire came from a simple family of a lawyer.” But was she really “simple”?

It turns out that one of his great-grandfathers was a major parliamentarian, and later – the mayor of his hometown of Seattle. Bill Gates’s maternal grandfather served as vice president of the National Bank of the United States.

As for Bill William’s father, Henry Gates II, he was a well-known corporate lawyer, and his mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, was a successful businesswoman. In addition, she became the first woman to join the United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest charitable organization, represented in 41 states. Not so simple …

Bill Gates in his youth. In 1977, he was arrested for speeding.

By the way, the real name of Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III. Sounds right? Long before its birth, the Gates family enjoyed great prestige not only in Seattle, but throughout the state of Washington. Most of his relatives had large connections in the fields of business, politics and public life.

Let’s go back briefly to Bill Gates’ mother and try to catch the “invisible” connection between her membership in United Way and her son’s dizzying breakthrough in the early 80s. It turns out that together with Mary Maxwell, John Opel and John Akers worked in the same structure, who have held leadership positions at IBM for different years.

And, as we recall, it was the deal with IBM that became Microsoft’s starting point for resounding success. In the 80s, not without the help of my mother, of course, an unknown company received an offer from the IT giant IBM to develop an operating system. Then Bill Gates bought the rights to an almost finished product from Seattle Computer Products (SCP) – the 86-DOS (QDOS) operating system created by Tim Patersen, adapted it for a PC and received the famous MS-DOS.

He sold the license to use MS-DOS to IBM, asking him to keep Microsoft copyright. Surprisingly, the company agreed and even concluded a patent law on a digital product that was not typical for that time. So, Microsoft continued to be the owner of the system and received substantial contributions from IBM from each copy of the OS sold with the computer.

Soon the new operating system Windows NT (later 2000 / XP / Vista / Win7) saw the light, and already with it the Gates company entered the stock exchange, which almost instantly made it the owner of a multi-million dollar fortune. This is how “a computer genius from a simple family has achieved everything himself.” Whether his success story deserves respect or not is up to you.

Mark Zuckerberg

The next wealth on our list is Mark Zuckerberg. It is he who bears the title of the youngest billionaire in the world, but at the same time drives a regular Golf and dresses in simple clothes from shops. Many call it a kind of symbol of the new century and, again, set an example to the young generation, they say, see what a guy from a simple family managed to achieve.

Реклама 04Unlike Bill Gates, Zuckerberg’s family is really simple. Mother is a psychiatrist, father is a dentist. It is difficult to say how much representatives of these two professions earn in the United States, but by some miracle, his parents managed to get his son in the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. At one time, her descendants were the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, the son of President Abraham Lincoln, Robert, the famous writer Dan Brown and the chief editor of the Russian Forbes, Paul Khlebnikov. In general, most of the graduates of this school were children of wealthy parents and subsequently followed in their footsteps.

After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Mark Zuckerberg went to study at Harvard. Obviously, to pay for education, his father had to put 30 fillings a day. There, the young man studied at the Faculty of Psychology and at the same time attended IT courses. In his interests, he pointed out “C, C ++, Java, Visual Basic, VBscript, JavaScript, PHP, and ASP” and repeatedly called himself “a vocation hacker.”

At Harvard (by the way, Bill Gates was also from there), he became a member of the Jewish society Alpha Epsilon Pi (ΑΕΠ) and, together with his comrades Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskowitz, created the social network Facebook. At first, financial assistance was provided by their classmate Eduardo Saverin, a native of a wealthy family from Brazil.

Later, the successful businessman Peter Thiel, owner of Palantir Technologies, made his contribution to the development of the project, which is as much as half a million dollars. Who does not know, this private American company is engaged in the development of software for data tracking, encryption and decryption, intelligence and the like. Until 2008, the CIA was the sole client of the company. Since 2010, the sale of the company’s products on a global level has started.

One of the largest projects of Palantir Technologies are:

  • Gotham – software focused on government special services, which with the help of sophisticated analysis and ontology techniques could establish a connection between various objects;
  • Metropolis is a program for processing numerical information, detecting anomalies and patterns in measurable data sets, which helped to identify cases of fraud.

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Author: Joseph Oladokun

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