Bill Gates is an American business magnate and the co-founder of Microsoft (alongside Paul Allen), and one of the richest men in the world, becoming a billionaire aged 31 and amassing a net worth of around 140 billion as of 2022!
Regarding his height, akin to his other physical characteristics, this is not much discussed, with Bill seamlessly blending into the crowd as neither short nor tall.
Yet he still has a height, and on this page it will be investigated by comparing him to other business marvels, and we will also find out the height of one of his unusually tall parents!
What's His Real Height?
After investigating Bill Gate's height in his youth and also as an older man, in his younger days Bill measured close to 5'10 tall out of bed, holding 5'9.75" throughout the day. These days, in his later years, he measures a little shorter, standing around to 5'9.5" tall.
Google lists Bill's height at 1.77m, which equals roughly 5'9.75 inches tall, and weight as 70 kg (154 lbs).
Height Compared to Business Marvels
To gain a better understanding of Bill's real height in his youth, and as an older man, let's compare him to other successful businessmen he has been pictured with over the years.
Jeff Bezos 5'7.75" (172.1 cm)
When Bill and Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) were standing next to each other at the office XP launch in 2001 there was a 2.25 inch height difference. Also, at a charity tennis match in 2001, Bill appeared to be a comfortable 2 inches taller than Jeff.
Therefore when compared to Jeff, Bill looks to be 5'9.75-5'10" tall.
Steve Jobs 6´1 (Prime Height)
When then allies Bill and Steve Jobs (founder of technology company Apple) were standing next to each other in pictures from the launch of excel in 1985, and also other pics I found of them working together, there was a clear 3-3.25 inch difference in height between them.
So when next to Steve in their younger years, Bill appears to be 5'9.75-5'10" tall.
In Later Years
Slight Height Loss
After entering his 60s Bill appears to have lost a slight amount of height, by around 0.25-0.5 inches. This is perfectly normal for a man of his age.
Elon Musk 6'1.5" (186.7 cm)
When Bill met Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla Motors) at a conference in 2015 and when standing next to each other talking, Elon is comfortably taller than Bill, with a 4 inch difference in height between them.
So when compared to Elon, Bill appears to be 5'9.5" tall.
Mark Zuckerberg 5'7.5" (171.5 cm)
When Bill and Mark Zuckerberg met at a Harvard Commencement in 2017 there was a comfortable 2 inch height difference between them.
Therefore, with Mark, Bill appears to be around 5'9.5" tall.
The Results - Bill appears around a quarter to half an inch shorter today into his late 60s than he was during his youth, which is a perfectly normal height loss for someone of his age.
Height VS Parents
Bill Gates is another example of his parents height being in a different range to his. Bill's father, Bill Gates Sr. (1925-2020) was 6 feet 7 tall, and looked giant like in some photos! His mother, Mary Maxwell Gates (1929-1994) was slightly over average height, standing closer to 5 feet 6 inches tall.
If we use a height calculator to predict Bill's adult height based on his parents' height, it comes out as 6'3"! I guess in this sense, average genes prevailed!
We rarely meet one person who is 6 feet 7 tall, but Bill had 2 close people in his life of this height! Alongside his father, his mentor and 'giant' Dr. Bill Foege was this tall too! (1)
Bill's Height VS Other Billionaires
Is Bill one of the Top 5 tallest billionaires according to Forbes real time billionaires (April 28th 2022) (2), well, take a look below!
- Steve Ballmer, net worth $93.0 B, height 6'5" (195.6 cm)
- Larry Ellison, net worth $104.6 B, height 6'3" (190.5 cm)
- Elon Musk, net worth $239.7 B, height 6'1.5" (186.7 cm)
- Bernard Arnault, net worth $157.1 B, height 6'0" (182.9 cm)
- Larry Page, net worth $100.8 B, height 5'11" (180.3 cm)
The answer is that Bill's average height is not even close to the tallest billionaires, but his net worth far exceeds them all combined!
During his younger years, Bill Gates measured 5'10" early in the morning, dropping down to 5'9.75" throughout the day. In his later years, however, he appears to have lost between 0.25-0.5" of an inch, standing closer to 5'9.5", which is perfectly normal for a man well into his 60s.
So on this page, I will list his prime height as 5'9.75" (177.2 cm) tall.
- Melinda French Gates, Ex-Wife (1994-2021), 5'6" (167.6 cm)
- Rory Jones Gates, Son, 5'10" (177.8 cm) Prime Height
- Jennifer Katherine Gates, Daughter, 5'3" (160 cm)
- Phoebe Adele Gates, Daughter, 5'5" (165.1 cm)
- Warren Buffet, Business Magnate, 5'10" (177.8 cm) Prime Height