Bill Gates Reveals His Children Won’t Get a Penny of His $81.7bn Fortune
By Rita Chioma
Unlike in Africa, where parents leave their fortunes to be managed by their children after they die or retire, the world’s richest man, Bill Gates has admitted he would be denying his three children the right to his £70billion fortune. Gates would be giving it away to charity when he dies!
Appearing on ITV’s, the Microsoft creator, who has an estimated net worth of $81.7 billion, says his kids understand his decision.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Ben Shephard, the 60-year-old said: “Well, our kids receive a great education and some money but they will go out and have their own careers.”
He reasoned that by allowing his children – two daughters and a son – to inherit his fortune “distorts anything” they might try to do. Gates said all three were “proud” of his decision.
Laughing, he added they would never go short saying “They are never going to be poorly off’.
Gates said: “It’s not a favour to kids to have them have huge sums of wealth. It distorts anything they might do, creating their own path.”
The billionaire and his wife Melinda, 52, have three children together, Jennifer, 20, Rory, 17, and Phoebe, 14.
The eldest is in her second year at prestigious Stanford University, California, where her father donated £5million to the construction of a computer science building in his name.
She is also a highly regarded show jumper competing nationally throughout the States.
Rory and Phoebe are understood to live at home with their parents outside Seattle, Washington.
Gates has vowed to pass on a fraction of their vast wealth to their children while the rest will go to the couple’s charity.
The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, was set up to fund health and education projects around the world.
He said the decision to give away his money to good causes had made his children proud.
Gates added: “This money is dedicated to helping the poorest. They know that, they are proud of that, they go on trips with us to see the work that’s being done.”