Is it “Bill Gates” or “William Gates”?

Question by nicesinging1: Is it “Bill Gates” or “William Gates”?
English is not my native language. And I have always wondered why people say, “Bill Gates” instead of “William Gates.” Same for “Dick Cheney” instead of “Richard Cheney.”
Could someone explain the analogy? Thanks in advance for any insights.

Best answer:

Answer by Nicci
Bill Gates is the man from Microsoft.

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