Bill Gates Sr says wealth is "not having to worry"

Fri Jun 4, 2010 9:51am EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - As the father of Microsoft Corp's co-founder, Bill Gates Sr. helps fund worthy causes and travels worldwide but says the best part of having access to such wealth is not worrying about old age.

The father of Bill Gates Jr. at age 84 helps steer the multi-billion-dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and readily admits he is lucky to have a successful family and meaningful work.

Someone unhappy with work, he joked in an interview during a promotional tour this week for his book "Showing Up for Life," should "find a job in a very large foundation that's owned by his son.

"That will take care of all those apprehensions," he said.

Gates Sr.'s folksy book, published last year but newly out in paperback, offers reflections and bits of wisdom on such topics as work, family, friendship and generosity.

An attorney by profession, Gates is co-chair of the foundation established by his son and daughter-in-law. His son's Microsoft fortunes allow him a unique job doing charitable work, as well as peace of mind, he said.

"The business of not having to worry, being able to do things, being able to eat well and travel and buy a new pair of pants once in a while, that's fundamental," he said. "Any sense of angst about having a tough old age is no longer there."


<p>Bill Gates (L), Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, poses for a photograph with his father Bill Gates Sr. following the 356th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts June 7, 2007. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>