William H. Gates II is a famous lawyer and philanthropist. He is the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at the age of 94.
The Gates family announced on Tuesday that Gates had died peacefully from Alzheimer’s disease in his beach house in Washington State on Monday.
The family praised the patriarch for his “deep commitment to social and economic equality” in an report, and pointed out his first efforts to improve global health by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and his progressive taxation The claims (especially unsuccessful efforts) are responsible. State income taxes are imposed on the wealthy in Washington.
Bill Gates wrote in his tribute: “My father’s wisdom, generosity, compassion and humility have had a huge impact on people all over the world.”
Gates Sr. was born in 1925 and grew up in Bremerton, Washington, where his parents ran a furniture store. After his freshman year in college, he joined the army and went to Japan after surrendering in 1945.
His family said that before returning to the United States and resuming his studies, he served in war-torn Tokyo for a year. After obtaining a law degree in 1950, he began private practice and worked as a part-time lawyer in Bremen.
He co-founded the Seattle Law Firm with two other partners, which eventually became Preston Gates and Ellis, now known as K&L Gates, which is one of the largest law firms in the world. The company was one of the first companies to cooperate with the technology industry in the region.
Gates met his first wife Mary Maxwell at the University of Washington. They have two daughters and a son, Gates Jr., who were married until her death in 1994. Two years later, he married Mimi Gardner, director of the Seattle Art Museum. .
“When I was a child, he was not prescriptive or domineering, but he never let me keep up with what I was good at. He always forced me to try things that I hate or didn’t think I could do (swimming). And football”),” Gates wrote in his tribute. “He has established an amazing professional ethics. He is one of Seattle’s most diligent and most respected lawyers and the main civic leader in our region. “
This civic work includes serving as a trustee for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Planned Parenthood, and United Way, as well as serving as a director of the University of Washington and leading fundraising activities. He has also served as the president of the state and local bar associations and the leader of the American Bar Association, helping to create diversity scholarships and providing legal services to the poor.
Washington Governor Jay Insri said in a statement: “Bill S··························· ··················································· ··················································· ··················································· ··················································· ················ “He chose to use his wealth and influence to advocate and improve equality in our community. “
Gates Sr. is a pivotal figure, standing in front of him. He is 6 feet 7 (2 meters) tall and is often sought out by his lawyer. Former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz once said that when he was struggling to raise funds to buy six chain coffee shops in 1987, Gates Sr. stepped in, not only through investment, but also Personally acquired Schultz, freeing him from competitors. Visiting the opponent, when he vaguely saw the opponent’s table, he asked: “You have to stand down, this kid will realize his dream. Do you know me?”
Gates retired from law in 1998 and held an important position in the Gates Foundation, helping it carry out global health work.
The family said that due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the memorial service will be held later.
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