Birth Name: William Henry Gates III
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 28, 1955
Ethnicity: English, 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 (Maxwell), a businessperson, and William Henry Gates, Jr., an attorney, philanthropist, and civic leader. He is married to philanthropist Melinda (French) Gates, with whom he has three children.
Bill’s paternal grandfather was William Henry Gates, Sr. (the son of William Henry Gates and Rebecca Eppinhauser). Bill’s grandfather William was born in Washington. Bill’s great-grandfather William was the son of Joseph T. Gates and Martha A. Satterley/Satterlee/Satterly. 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 also English, born in Stalmine, Lancashire, the daughter of John Sanderson and Elizabeth Porter.
Bill’s maternal grandfather was James Willard Maxwell, Jr. (the son of James Willard 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 Washington. William was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the son of J. W. Thompson and Julia Thomas. Ida was the daughter of John T. Medcalf/Metcalf and Susan E. Reid/Reed/Ried.
Genealogy and obituary of Bill’s mother – http://www.findagrave.com