10 Surprising Facts You Didn't Know About Bill Gates

10. He started Traf-O-Data, a traffic measurement company, at age 17 with Paul Allen before founding Microsoft.

9. Gates shares book recommendations on his personal blog, Gates Notes.

8. He initially underestimated the significance of smartphones, realizing their potential after the release of the iPhone in 2007.

7. Gates doesn't have a driver's license because he prefers to focus on other pursuits.

6. He released mosquitoes during a TED Talk to highlight the urgency of combating diseases like malaria.

5. Gates and his wife Melinda founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000.

4. Microsoft faced legal challenges, including the famous United States v. Microsoft Corp. antitrust case.

3. Gates became the world's youngest self-made billionaire at 31 in 1987.

2. He dropped out of Harvard University to co-found Microsoft in 1975.

1. Gates reads about 50 books a year and can read 150 pages per hour with high retention.