An Amazing Father, Citizen and Man – RIP Mr. Bill Gates Sr. Sep 14, 2020 >

Published September 15, 2020

My dad’s wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world.”
~Bill Gates

I wanted to interview #BillGatesSr for a number of years.
 
After his wife passed years ago, I thought to myself, he was the only one who could truly tell the world how to raise one of the most brilliant and successful entrepreneurs in our lifetime(s). I’ve studied Mr. Gates (his son that is) for years to understand how he could do what he did from attending Lakeside to playing strategy games growing up to having the most amazing mother who bred and fed and did everything she could to help him prosper including influencing Melinda in whatever special way she did. Unfortunately, Mr. Gates Sr. passed away yesterday and the world learned about it from his son in this heart warming post.

You did more than just help build a powerful law firm, raise an even more impressive son. You were a quiet force in the #pnw that honestly made a difference that not enough realized. Thank you for your many beautiful years from the team at @whenileave.com We honor you today and hope you provide the #WiL for us all to carry on, succeed and create this lasting platform so we can potentially hear from amazing people like you on your own time.

#RIP #BillGates #Sr

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Some amazing thoughts from the piece by Bill:

My dad also had a profound influence on my drive. When I was a kid, he wasn’t prescriptive or domineering, and yet he never let me coast along at things I was good at, and he always pushed me to try things I hated or didn’t think I could do (swimming and soccer, for example). And he modeled an amazing work ethic. He was one of the hardest-working and most respected lawyers in Seattle, as well as a major civic leader in our region.

My dad’s influence on our philanthropy was just as big. Throughout my childhood, he and my mom taught me by example what generosity looked like in how they used their time and resources. One night in the 1990s, before we started our foundation, Melinda, Dad, and I were standing in line at the movies. Melinda and I were talking about how we had been getting more requests for donations in the mail. Dad simply said, “Maybe I can help.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be what it is today without my dad. More than anyone else, he shaped the values of the foundation. He was collaborative, judicious, and serious about learning. He was dignified but hated anything that seemed pretentious. (Dad’s given name was William H. Gates II, but he never used the “II”—he thought it sounded stuffy.) He was great at stepping back and seeing the big picture. He was quick to tear up when he saw people suffering in the world. And he would not let any of us forget the people behind the strategies we were discussing.

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