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Father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates dies at 94

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Aug 19, 2009; Seattle, WA, USA; Portrait of Bill Gates with his father, Bill Gates Sr. at the Alderbrook Resort on the shores of the Hood Canal, west of Seattle where the family has been going to on vacation for many years. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY NETWORK

The father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates died Monday, according to his son. William Henry Gates II was 94 years old.

(CNN Business)The father of Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates died Monday, according to his son.

William Henry Gates II was 94 years old.

"We have all had a long time to reflect on just how lucky we are to have had this amazing man in our lives for so many years," Bill Gates wrote on his official blog.

Bill Gates said his father was critical in starting the charitable organization that has been Gates' central focus since he stepped away from running Microsoft.

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be what it is today without my dad," Gates said.

Bill Gates' father served as co-chair of the foundation, which started in 2000.

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