Bill Gates (Microsoft founder)
Bill Gates (Microsoft founder) has accumulated several noteworthy items of memorabilia and collectibles. They include many highly desirable items of art and the renowned Codex Leicester.
Seattle born Bill Gates (1955 – present) is the US founder of Microsoft. He is reputed to be worth $56bn.
Gates acquired the Codex Leicester for $30.8m at auction in 1994. The Codex Leicester is a 72 page manuscript written between 1506 and 1510 by Leonardo da Vinci.
"I'm lucky that I own that notebook,” Gates told UK newspaper the Daily Mail.
“I've always been amazed by Da Vinci, because he worked out science on his own. He would work by drawing things and writing down his ideas."
Gates also owns documents produced by Abraham Lincoln and Isaac Newton.
Gates’ extensive art collection is dominated by US pieces.
In 1998 Gates bought Winslow Homer’s artwork Lost on the Grand Banks for $36m. The sale ensured that the artwork became the most expensive piece by an American artist.
He bought his first artwork, Distance Thunder 1961 by Andrew Wyeth, for $7m in 1996.
Other works of note in his collection include:
- William Merritt Chase's The Nursery - $10m
- George Bellows's Polo Crowd - $28m
- Childe Hassam's Room of Flowers - $20m
Gates is a keen classic car collector and owns a:
• Porsche 930 Turbo
• Jaguar XJ6
• Ferrari 348