The Microsoft founder paid tribute to his father, William H. Gates II., who had recently died as he was battling Alzheimer’s disease. Bill Gates dedicated a lengthy post just for his father where he captioned it with, “My dad was the “real” Bill Gates. He was everything I try to be and I will miss him every day.”
Gates emphasized the impact his father had on his professional and personal developments right from the beginning of his life till the time when Microsoft was his idea and the idea was introduced to the world.
In his lengthy post, Bill Gates wrote, “We worked together at the foundation not so much as father and son but as friends and colleagues. He and I had always wanted to do something concrete together. When we started doing so in a big way at the foundation, we had no idea how much fun we would have. We only grew closer for more than two decades of working together.”
He also reiterated that his father’s teachings are still very prevalent in every task he carried from being a husband to father and said, “Finally, my dad had a profoundly positive influence on my most important roles—husband and father. When I am at my best, I know it is because of what I learned from my dad about respecting women, honoring individuality, and guiding children’s choices with love and respect. Dad wrote me a letter on my 50th birthday. It is one of my most prized possessions. In it, he encouraged me to stay curious. He said some very touching things about how much he loved being a father to my sisters and me. “Over time,” he wrote, “I have cautioned you and others about the overuse of the adjective ‘incredible’ to apply to facts that were short of meeting its high standard. This is a word with a huge meaning to be used only in extraordinary settings. What I want to say, here, is simply that the experience of being your father has been… incredible.”
He also claimed that people used to ask his dad whether he was the real Bill Gates and said, “The truth is, he was everything I try to be. I will miss him every day.”