Microsoft co-founder and world’s second richest man,Bill Gates has lost his dad. According to his son,William Henry Gates II was 94 years old.
The elder Gates was an Army veteran and a founding partner in a Seattle law firm, according to his official biography.
Bill Gates said that his father was critical in starting the charitable organization that has been Gates’ central focus since he stepped away from running Microsoft.
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be what it is today without my dad,” Gates said.
Bill Gates’ father served as co-chair of the foundation, which started in 2000.
In a statement released on his personal website he said:
“My dad passed away peacefully at home yesterday, surrounded by his family,”
“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,”
“And we are not alone in these feelings. My dad’s wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world.”
The family statement does not give a cause of death, but says William Gates II had been in declining health.