Birth Name: William Henry Gates III
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 28, 1955
Ethnicity: English, as well as German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish
Bill Gates is an American businessperson, entrepreneur, philanthropist, programmer, inventor, and investor. He is usually ranked as one of the top 10 richest people in the U.S.
Bill is the son of Mary A. (Maxwell), a businessperson, and William Henry Gates, an attorney, philanthropist, and civic leader. He has considerable Colonial American (English) ancestry, as well as more recent immigrant roots, from England and Germany. He is married to philanthropist Melinda (French) Gates, with whom he has three children.
“The Good Samaritans” won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2005. Bill was one of three persons chosen to represent that title, along with Bono and Bill’s wife Melinda Gates.
Bill’s paternal grandfather was William Henry Gates, Jr. (the son of William Henry Gates and Rebecca Eppinhauser/Philipson). Bill’s grandfather William was born in Washington. Bill’s great-grandfather William was the son of Joseph T. Gates and Martha Satterley. Rebecca was German.
Bill’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Elizabeth Rice (the daughter of William Hooker Rice and Isabella Sanderson). Lillian was born in Washington. Bill’s great-grandfather William was the son of Charles Rice and Sarah Hooker, who was born in Wycombe, South East, England. Isabella was born in Stalmine, Lancashire, England, the daughter of John Sanderson and Elizabeth Porter.
Bill’s maternal grandfather was James Willard Maxwell, Jr. (the son of James W. Maxwell and Belle Oakley). Bill’s grandfather James was born in Nebraska. Bill’s great-grandfather James was the son of Thomas George Maxwell and Louise/Louisa Marie/Maria/Mary Woodworth. Belle was the daughter of Oscar Rodman Oakley and Isabella/Isabelle A. Thompson.
Bill’s maternal grandmother was Adele/Adelle Thompson (the daughter of William James Thompson and Ida Medcalf/Metcalf). Adele was born in Enumclaw, King, Washington. William was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the son of J. W. Thompson and Julia Thomas. Ida was born in Montesano, Grays Harbor, Washington, the daughter of John T. Medcalf/Metcalf, who was born near Montréal, Québec, Canada, to a mother from Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England; and of Susan E. Reid/Reed/Ried.
Sources: Genealogies of Bill Gates – http://www.wargs.com
Genealogy and obituary of Bill’s mother – http://www.findagrave.com
Classic WASP, can’t get whiter than this.
His father died. My condolences. :(