Bill Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94

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“We’ve all had a lot of time to think about how lucky we are to have this amazing man in our lives for so many years,” Bill Gates wrote on his official blog.

The elder Gates was an Army veteran and a founding partner of a Seattle law firm, according to his official biography.

Bill Gates said his father had been instrumental in starting the charity that had been Gates’ central focus since he stepped down from running Microsoft.

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wouldn’t be what it is today without my father,” said Gates.

Bill Gates’ father served as co-chair of the foundation, which began in 2000.The family declaration does not give a cause of death, but indicates that William Gates II had declining health.

“People used to ask my dad if he was the real Bill Gates,” the tech mogul wrote. “The truth is he was everything I try to be. “

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