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Bill Gates Sr., Father of Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Dies at 94

  • Lawyer who helped guide his son’s philanthropic foundation
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the world’s largest
Bill Gates Sr.
Bill Gates Sr.Photographer: Bobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images

William H. Gates Sr., a lawyer raised in the Great Depression who helped his son give away an immense fortune, has died. He was 94.

He died Monday at his beach home on Hood Canal, Washington, according to Bill Gates III’s family office. The cause was Alzheimer’s disease.