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Bill Gates Probably Earns More In A Few Minutes Than You Do In A Year

Bill Gates Probably Earns More In A Few Minutes Than You Do In A Year

Yesterday we reported that Bill Gates could become the planet's first trillionaire within the next 25 years.

According to Oxfam, he'll reach the milestone thanks to the exponential growth of his existing wealth. By that time, the 61-year-old Microsoft founder will be 86.


That got us thinking, how much does he make every minute, every hour, every day - or even in the time it takes to read an article.

On average readers read at a speed of about 200 words per minute, which means it should have taken you around 30 seconds to read up to this point.

In that time it's estimated that Bill Gates would have earnt $3,424 (£2,700).

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It is estimated Gates earns $114.16 (£89) every second.

That's $6,876 (£5423.59) every minute.

That's $412,560 (£325,415) every hour.

That's $9.9 million (£7.81m) every day.

That's $69.3 million (£54.66m) every week.

And a whopping £3.6 billion (£2.84b) every year.

What's more the amount that Bill earns is likely to grow as the interest on his existing wealth compounds.

According to Oxfam's 'An Economy for the 99%' report, just eight of the world's richest billionaires have as much money as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of the global population.

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And despite the report highlighting his 'commendable attempts to give [his money] away through his foundation', Gates' net worth has increased by $25 billion (£20 billion) since he retired from playing a part in day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2014.

Last year his net worth stood at $75 billion (£60 billion).

To estimate how much he'll be worth in a few years, researchers applied the average rate of growth that the ultra-rich have been enjoying - 11% since 2009 - to Gates' current level of wealth, which is more than $84 billion (£67.2 billion).

The report says: "As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society - especially the poorest - suffers.

Bill with former US President Barack Obama. Credit: PA

"The very design of our economies and the principles of our economics have taken us to this extreme, unsustainable and unjust point.

"Our economy must stop excessively rewarding those at the top and start working for all people."

Here's the story of how he rose to become one of the wealthiest men in the world...

Bill Gates' Road To Riches

Bill pictured in 1992. Credit: PA Images

Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955, Bill Gates' love affair with computer programming began at the age of 13.

He enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973 only to drop out two years later to found Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen.

Microsoft became one of the most important technology companies in the world after IBM approached it to design the BASIC oprogramming language for its new computers.

From there the company sold its operating systems to other computer manufacturers. In 1990 Microsoft released its first version of Windows, and captured the majority of the operating system market share. Its monopoly on the market has continued since then.


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Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people, and was the wealthiest from 1995 to 2007, again in 2009, and has been again since 2014.

Gates is also known for his philanthropy. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is the largest private foundation in the world and has donated well over $44.3 billion since it was set up in 2000.

And, as of May 2013, Bill had donated $28 billion of that out of his own back pocket.

Among the good causes the BMGF supports is malaria control, basic sanitation, infectious diseases control and family planning - it works globally.

Read to this point he would have made $10,272 (£8,107) since you started.

Topics: Money, Earnings, bill gates

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.


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