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Microsoft founder Bill Gates paid tribute on Tuesday after his father, William H. Gates II., died at age 94 following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Gates Sr. died peacefully at his home in Washington state. In a lengthy blog post, Gates noted the ‘quiet influence’ his father had on his personal and professional development, both in the early years of Microsoft’s rise to global success in the technology sector and later when he played a key advisory role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
‘I know he would not want me to overuse the word, but there is no danger of doing that now. The experience of being the son of Bill Gates was incredible. People used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates. The truth is, he was everything I try to be. I will miss him every day.’
‘The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be what it is today without my dad,’ Gates wrote.
‘He was quick to tear up when he saw people suffering in the world. And he would not let any of us forget the people behind the strategies we were discussing.’
Melinda Gates also had something to say about her father-in-law and what he meant to her.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK