A man named Bill Gates made a fortune in gold mining about a century before the other Bill Gates created Microsoft.
Bill “Swiftwater” Gates was a fortune hunter and frontiersman who managed to make and lose several fortunes during his lifetime. The man was also regularly mentioned in stories related to the Klondike Gold Rush. He died in Peru in 1935 while he was pursuing a silver strike.
The fortune hunter was at the gold fields in Alaska at the same time as the grandfather of the founder of Microsoft. However, the two men have no family relation despite the common name they share.
Bill “Swiftwater” Gates was married three times and had two sons. One of his wives was his 15-year old niece. One of the popular Klondike stories says he once presented a girl named Gussie Lamore her weight in pure gold. Sounds like quite an interesting man, right?