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Robert Gates Biography

Updated On 17 Feb, 2017 Published On 10 Feb, 2017
Robert Gates

Facts of Robert Gates

Date of Birth :
Age : 79 years old
Family Name : Gates
Birth Country : United States
Birth Sign : Virgo

Relationship short Statistics of Robert Gates

What is Robert Gates marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Married
How many children does Robert Gates have ? (name): 0 Children
Is Robert Gates having any relationship affair ?: No
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American statesman and scholar, Robert Gates served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. He is the son of Isabel V. (née Goss) and Melville A. "Mel" Gates. Robert completed his Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet history at Georgetown University in 1974. He has been a member of the board of trustees of Fidelity Investments.

Robert Gates married Becky Gates in 1967. On 30th October 2013, the Boy Scouts of America announced that Gates had been elected to the National executive board. He was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate Armed Services Committee on 5th December 2006. Gates is a former president of the National Eagle Scout Association. On 14th May 1991, he was nominated, for the second time, for the position of Director of Central Intelligence by President George H. W. Bush.

Early Life

Robert Gates was born on 25 September 1943, in Wichita, Kansas, United States to a father named Melville A. Gates, and mother Isabel V. Gates. An American statesman and University president Robert is of white ethnicity.

Early Career

Robert Gates graduated from Wichita High School East in 1961 and also graduated B. A. in History from College of William and Marry in 1965. He then received an M. A. in history from Indiana University in 1996 and completed his Ph. D. in Russian and Soviet history at Georgetown University in 1974.

Robert Gates was enrolled by the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966. On January 4, 1967, he was appointed as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force after attending Officer Training School under CIA sponsorship. After fulfilling his army responsibility, he rejoined the CIA as an intelligence analyst.

Professional Career


1974-1979- He was the member of the National Security Council Staff.

January 1980- Lifted to the CIA as a national intelligence officer for the Soviet Union and government assistant to the director, Stansfield Turner.

January 1981- Gates became a director of the Office of 'Policy and Plans' and also the chairman of the Executive Career Service.

September 1983- He was appointed as a chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

February 2, 1987- President Ronald Reagan nominated Gates to be Casey’s successor, but he withdraws his nomination on March 2, 1987.

January 1989- The National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft was appointed to Gates to be his deputy.

November 12, 1991- Robert was sworn in as the nation’s 15th director of Central Intelligence.

1999-2001- He was an Interim Dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at A&M University, Texas and became president from August 1, 2002, to December 16, 2006.

November 8, 2006- He was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the new secretary of defense by replaced the Donald Rumsfeld. Later he was sworn in as a 22nd secretary of defense on December 18, at the same year.

December 1, 2008- President-elect Barack Obama revealed that Gates will stay as a defense secretary for at least the first year of Obama’s Presidency.

June 30, 2011- Gates resigned as a secretary of defense and was replaced by Leon Panetta. President Obama awarded to Gates by the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the point of his retirement ceremony.

February 3, 2012- He was elected as the twenty-fourth Chancellor of the College of William and Mary.

October 30, 2013- The Boy Scouts of United State declared that Gates was nominated to move the corporation for a two-year term.

May 22, 2014-May 26, 2016- He was served as the national president of the Boy Scouts of United State.

Personal Life

Robert Gates first met his future wife Becky Gates at the University of Indiana and later he married to Becky on January 7, 1967. The couple has blessed with two children Eleanor Marie Gates, and Bradley Robert Gates.

Net Worth and Height

Having the height of 5’ 7" dashing Robert Gates is a retired civilian and University president who has a net worth of $5 million.

Robert Gates Married

First Marriage with Becky Gates

Robert Gates married Becky Gates in 1967, with whom he had two children, Eleanor Gates and Bradley Gates.

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