Bill Gates at 60: A look back

Some of the man’s more memorable photos … including ones he’d rather forget.

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Happy birthday, Bill

Bill Gates -- founder of Microsoft, the world’s richest man, and a philanthropist for the ages -- will celebrate his 60th birthday on Oct. 28. He doesn’t look a day over 50. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Bill Gates photos, some iconic, some surprising and one or two that are less than flattering.

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The mug shot

Enough said.

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Reuters/Jeff Vinnick

Launching Windows 95

The Rolling Stones classic “Start Me Up” may be most associated with the launch of Windows 95, but comedian Jay Leno also lent Gates a hand.

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Touting IE

Gates promotes Internet Explorer 4.0 in San Francisco on Sept. 30 1997.

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The house

He’s not in this picture, obviously, but it belongs here.

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With Ballmer

Taken July 21, 1998, after Steve Ballmer was named president of Microsoft.

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Book cover

Gates’ first book, The Road Ahead, was published in 1995.  

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Second book

Business @ The Speed of Thought was published in March 1999.

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Antitrust deposition

Gates giving his deposition at Microsoft on Aug. 27, 1998 during the company’s antitrust case.

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With Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, shakes hands with Gates at a global health discussion in Seattle Dec. 9, 1999.

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REUTERS/Anthony P. Bolante

With Paul Allen

Gates and Paul Allen chat courtside during a game between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Portland Trailblazers on March 11, 2003.

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REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya

Philanthropic work

Gates and wife Melinda play with a baby during a visit to the Manhica Health Research Centre in Mozambique on Sept. 21, 2003, shortly after donating $168 million to fight malaria.

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REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

With Warren Buffet

Gates speaks as wife Melinda and Warren Buffet, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, look on during a news conference June 26, 2006 shortly after Buffett signed over much of his $44 billion fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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With Steve Jobs

Gates and Steve Jobs on stage together at the D5 conference in 2007.

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REUTERS/Rick Wilking

With Slash?

Guitarist Slash, pictured at left, plays next to Gates onstage during Gates' keynote address for the Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 6, 2008.

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With Jerry Seinfeld

These ads were not a big hit when they aired in 2008.

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REUTERS/Larry Downing

With President Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton and Gates testify at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 10, 2010.

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REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

With his wife

Gates listens while his wife Melinda Gates speaks to the media at an advance tour of the $15 million visitor center of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $500 million campus in Seattle on Feb. 1, 2012.

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REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Last month

Gates takes part in a discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York on Sept. 27, 2015.