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Bill Gross Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 8:15 AM EST, Fri March 7, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Bill Gross, manager of the world's biggest bond fund PIMCO.

Personal:
Birth date: April 13, 1944

Birthplace: Middleton, Ohio

Birth name: William Hunt Gross

Father: Sewell "Dutch" Gross, a steel company sales executive

Mother: Shirley Gross

Marriages: Sue (Frank) Gross (1985-present); Pamela Roberts Gross (1968-divorced, divorce date unavailable publicly)

Children: with Sue: Nick; with Pamela: Jeff, Jennifer

Education: Duke University, B.A. in Psychology, 1966; University of California at Los Angeles, M.B.A, 1971

Military: U.S. Navy, 1966-1969

Other Facts:
Billionaire, bond investor, philanthropist and avid stamp collector.

Founder, co-chief investment officer and managing director of PIMCO, the world's largest mutual fund.

Timeline:
1954 - The Gross family relocates from Middleton, Ohio, to San Francisco, California.

1966 - While recuperating from injuries suffered in a serious car accident, Gross teaches himself to count cards in blackjack. After college graduation, he turns $200 into $10,000 in four months.

1971 - Is hired as a junior bond analyst for Pacific Mutual Insurance Company.

1971 - PIMCO, Pacific Investment Management Company, is formed as a division of Pacific Mutual with colleagues William Podlich and James F. Muzzy.

1985 - PIMCO formally splits from Pacific Mutual.

2003 - Founds the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation, through which millions of dollars are donated to universities, hospitals and organizations.

2005 - Gross and his wife, Sue, give $23.5 million to Duke University for undergraduate and medical school students and for the Fuqua School of Business.

2006 - Donates $10 million to the University of California at Irvine for stem cell research and to help build a new research lab. The lab opens in 2010 and is named in their honor, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center.

2007 - A stamp collector since childhood, Gross auctions his collection of British stamps for $9.1 million and donates the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.

2009 - Donates $8 million for the establishment of a stamp gallery at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. The gallery is named in his honor, the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, and will open in September 2013.

March 2014 - Forbes, in its annual list of the world's billionaires, estimates Gross's net worth at $2.3 billion.

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