His parents are of English, German, Irish, and Scots-Irish descent.
Bill Gates (born William Henry Gates III) was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Son of William Henry Gates Sr. and Mary (Maxwell) Gates. His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates' maternal grandfather was JW Maxwell, a national bank president. Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby. Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him.