​10 ways Bill Gates built his fortune

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bill Gates went from being a little boy tinkering with computers to becoming the richest person in the world with a net worth of $87.4 billion, according to the latest data from wealth intelligence research company Wealth-X. But how did he do it? Was it his Harvard education or savvy business skills? Or, was it his relentless passion that helped Gates become a successful business magnate and investor?If you want to become as rich — okay, maybe almost as rich — as this Microsoft co-founder, check out the 10 ways Gates was able to build his fortune from the ground up.1. He Had a Top-Notch Semi-EducationGates was accepted to Harvard University, but he dropped out after a short time. Still, he attributes his time at Harvard to his success.In a 2007 commencement speech, Gates said, “It was an amazing privilege [studying at Harvard] — and though I left early, I was transformed by my years at Harvard, the friendships I made, and the ideas I worked on.” continue reading »last_img