30 Inspiring Bill Gates Quotes That Take You Inside the Mind of the Richest Person on the Planet

Bill Gates, born William Henry Gates, is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, programmer, as well as one of the world’s wealthiest people. He dropped out of Harvard to co-found Microsoft Corp. together with Paul Allen in 1975, which become the largest software company on the planet.

The Microsoft co-founder pioneered the personal computer revolution, and over his 40-year career has built a reputation as one of the most popular names in consumer technology. His personal net worth close to $80 billion makes him the richest person in the entire world.

Later in his career Gates has become an internationally recognized philanthropist, and donated large amounts of money to many charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates established this foundation in 2000 with his wife Melinda.

Some interesting facts about Bill Gates:

  • Bill Gates was continuously ranked as the wealthiest person in the world from 1995 – 2007, again in 2009, and has been since 2014.
  • He told his university teachers he would become a millionaire by the age of 30. In fact, he became the youngest billionaire at the age of 31.
  • He committed to give 95% of his wealth to charity, not to his children.
  • He’s given $28 billion to charity in 2013, which is almost half of his wealth.
  • His SAT score was 1590. The top score for this test is 1600.

Bill Gates has shared many powerful and inspirational quotes over the years, which prove his philanthropic sensibility, power, and wisdom. This makes him inspiration to people across the globe. Here are 30 amazing quotes that take us inside the mind of the world’s wealthiest and most generous person:

1. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.

2. If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.

3. I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.

4. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

5. To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.

6. What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It’s so far away in time that they can’t appreciate what it means for their whole life.

7. Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.

8. I would counsel people to go to college, because it’s one of the best times in your life in terms of who you meet and develop a broad set of intellectual skills.

9. Being flooded with information doesn’t mean we have the right information or that we’re in touch with the right people.

10. Although I don’t have a prescription for what others should do, I know I have been very fortunate and feel a responsibility to give back to society in a very significant way.

11. I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.

12. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

13. I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars; there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that.

14. The most amazing philanthropists are people who are actually making a significant sacrifice.

15. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

16. I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.

17. If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.

18. We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.

19. Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There`s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.

20. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.

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21. When you have money in hand, only you forget who you are. But when you do not have any money in your hand, the whole world forget who you are. It’s life.

22. Patience is a key element of success.

23. It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

24. People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?

25. If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.

26. Life is not fair – get used to it!

27. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

28. We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.

29. I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.

30. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.