Microsoft Founder Bill Gates has lost his father William Gates at the age of 94. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer in 2018.
As announced in his personal blog, he said they both shared more than a father-son relationship cause they were also partners and friends, working together at the Gates Foundation.
He added that his dad’s support inspired him to leave Harvard University to co-found a company with Paul Allen in 197.
He also said that his father made him contibute $100 towards research for Alzheimer’s disease after he was diagnosed with it.
On his personal blog, under Gates note, the younger Gates penned an emotionally: “I will miss my dad every day.”
“We will miss him more than we can express right now. We are feeling grief but also gratitude.”
“My dad’s passing was not unexpected he was 94 years old and his health had been declining, so we have all had a long time to reflect on just how lucky we are to have had this amazing man in our lives for so many years.
“My dad’s wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world.”
“I knew their love and support were unconditional, even when we clashed in my teenage years. I am sure that’s one of the reasons why I felt comfortable taking some big risks when I was young, like leaving college to start Microsoft with Paul Allen,” he said.
“We worked together at the foundation not so much as father and son but as friends and colleagues,” he said.
“When we started doing so in a big way at the foundation, we had no idea how much fun we would have. We only grew closer for more than two decades of working together.”
“When I am at my best, I know it is because of what I learned from my dad about respecting women, honoring individuality, and guiding children’s choices with love and respect,” Gates said.
“The experience of being the son of Bill Gates was incredible. People used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates. The truth is, he was everything I try to be.”