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William Gates


Mr. William Gates is a Co-Founder of Microsoft and also serves as its Board Member & Technology Advisor. He served as CEO at Microsoft. He continues to serve on Microsoft's Board of Directors as an Advisor on key development projects. In 1973, he entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer. While at Harvard, he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair. Under his leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its industry-leading investment in research and development each year. In 1999, he wrote "Business @ the Speed of Thought," a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. "Business @ the Speed of Thought" has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the "New York Times," "USA Today," "The Wall Street Journal" and on He previous book, "The Road Ahead," published in 1995, was at the top of the "New York Times" bestseller list for seven weeks. Cascade Investment is owned and controlled by Bill Gates. He also serves as an Founder at Gates Ventures. He is also the Co-Chairman, Co-Founder & Trustee at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Gates is a Co-Founder at The Breakthrough Energy Coalition.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Year Founded
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Seattle, WA
  • United States

William Gates Investments (53)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Echodyne 11-Sep-2019 Later Stage VC 0000 Other Commercial Products Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.
00000000 000000000 04-Jun-2019 0000 00000 000 Computers, Parts and Peripherals Startup 0000000 00000 00.
000000000 01-Apr-2019 0000 00000 Aerospace and Defense Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.
000000 05-Mar-2019 00000 00000 0000 Application Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.
000000 00000000000 09-Jan-2019 00000 00000 0000 Environmental Services (B2B) Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.
00000000 05-Dec-2018 00000 00000 0000 Biotechnology Startup 0000000 00000 00.
00000 000000 26-Sep-2018 00000 00000 Alternative Energy Equipment Product Development 0000000 00000 00.
00000000 000000000 04-Sep-2018 00000 00000 000 Other Commercial Services Startup 0000000 00000 00.
Nimbus Therapeutics 05-Jun-2018 Later Stage VC 0000 Drug Discovery Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.
Wagestream 10-May-2018 Early Stage VC 00.000 Financial Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000 00.
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William Gates Exits (7)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Beyond Meat 02-May-2019 IPO 00000 Completed
0000 (000000 00000 01-Sep-2018 000 00 00000000 Completed
000000 000000 08-Mar-2017 0000000000: 000000 Completed
000000000 01-Feb-2017 000 00 00000000 Completed
000000 00000000 03-Feb-2016 000 000.00 Completed
Foundation Medicine 07-Apr-2015 Merger/Acquisition 00.000 Completed
Foundation Medicine 24-Sep-2013 IPO 00000 Completed
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William Gates Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
William Gates Jr. Angel Investor 00 0 Seattle, WA