Bill Gates: ‘My dad is the man I aspire to be’

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Bill Gates with his father in Seattle. Photo via gatesnotes.com

Normally, Bill Gates focuses his blog posts on work he’s doing or books he’s reading. For Father’s Day, though, he had something else to write about: his dad.

The Microsoft co-founder penned a short piece dedicated to his father, William H. Gates Sr., who is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the man Bill G. aspires to be.

“I especially admire his sense of integrity,” Bill said of his dad, who wrote a book called Showing up for Life. “He is one of the wisest and most calm people I know. And he taught me a lot about how to think.”

His father, a founding partner at Preston Gates & Ellis law firm, has done a multitude of philanthropic work over the years and Gates said he learned a lot from how his pops analyzed problems.

“I spent a lot of Sunday dinners listening to Dad talk about work with my mom, who was very involved in the United Way in Seattle and at the national and international levels,” he wrote. “They might discuss a case Dad was working on or an issue that Mom was dealing with through the United Way. Eventually I started joining in the conversations, and they were very influential years later when I got involved in philanthropy.”

Read the post here, and I hope everyone has a great Father’s Day.

Previously on GeekWire: Bill Gates’ first post on LinkedIn: ’3 things I’ve learned from Warren Buffett’