Father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates dies at 94

 edition.cnn.com  09/16/2020 03:47:13  2

The elder Gates was an Army veteran and a founding partner in a Seattle law firm, according his official biography.

Bill Gates said 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.

The family statement does not give a cause of death, but says William Gates II had been in declining health.

"People used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates," the tech magnate wrote. "The truth is, he was everything I try to be."

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