Bill Gates Is Getting His Own Netflix Documentary, And It's Dropping This Month

01 September 2019
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Digging deep on Gates' life, most recent journeys, and even his greatest fear

Bill Gates, with his seemingly endless ability to make money, was the original enigmatic tech entrepreneur. He, above everyone else in Silicon Valley, is the benchmark all aspiring tech moguls aspire to, having not only built  one of the world's most successful ever companies, but also having done so without losing what seems to be the key pillars of his identity – a genuinely nice, slightly nerdy, 'uncle of the internet' nature, and a remarkable tendency towards philanthropy.

All of this has made Bill Gates one of the most intriguing guys in the world. If he has an opinion on anything, whether he's really qualified to or not, people listen. His reading lists are venerated alongside people like Obama, and he's a go-to authority on just about everything pertaining to the study of future technology. And yet, to many people, he remains something of a mystery – if an endlessly likable one.

Netflix, for the first time, are helping to lift the veil on the man who, for so long, has been one of the world's richest men, as his life path has pivoted from dominating the world of early tech to using his vast resources to help address some of the most pressing issues facing humanity.

The series “offers unprecedented access to Gates as he pursues unique solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems with the same level of optimism, curiosity, and fervor that inspired his original vision for Microsoft,” according to a press release from Netflix.

The documentary was directed by Davis Guggenheim, who helmed 2007's An Invonvenient Truth. "Davis had the idea of making a documentary that looked at the big projects I take on that are risky and might not happen otherwise, and that was interesting to me," Gates said in a previous interview with EW. "I hope this documentary leaves people optimistic that big problems can be tackled."

It'll also dig into some of the more personal aspects of Gates' journey, including the sacrifices he made during Microsoft's ascension and the height of its software wars with Apple.The series apparently took a couple of years to create, as Netflix's team followed Gates around on his ventures. "I don't want my brain to stop working," he says in the documentary when asked about his greatest fear.

Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates is dropping on Netflix on September 20.


Via GQ Australia