Robert Ross is an American entrepreneur, who is the co-founder of the software development firm Lume (YC W23). He is known for being the boyfriend of Phoebe Gates, the younger daughter of Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, and one of the richest men in the world.
Robert Ross was born in 1998 (age 25 years; as of 2023) in Acworth, Georgia. He received his middle school education at Durham Middle School in Acworth, Georgia. He pursued his class 12 at Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia in 2017.
A Valedictorian, Robert was a president of various societies in his school including the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Speech and Debate Club, Chess Club, and Programming Club. In 2014, he was awarded a certificate for being the highest-scoring student at Allatoona High School in the Kennesaw State University Mathematics Competition.
He was also good at dance and theatre in his school days and performed various plays at The Georgia Dome and The Grand Majestic Theater. In 2015, he won the Legend Legacy Award for his solo musical theatre performance.
Meanwhile, he also attended the Georgia Institute of Technology through dual enrollment to pursue a course in mathematics. In 2021, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University, Stanford, California. Thereafter, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity (2020-2022) from Stanford University.
While studying at Stanford University, he attended Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in Greater Atlanta to learn software engineering techniques from Google Engineers (2017). In the same year, he attended the Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) to pursue a program that teaches introductory engineering courses such as Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics.
Height (approx.): 5′ 11″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Robert Ross has got both his ears pierced.
Robert Ross belongs to an African-American family.
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about his parents & siblings.
Robert Ross is in a relationship with the younger daughter of Bill Gates Phoebe Gates.
In July 2022, Phoebe confirmed dating Robert Ross by sharing a picture with Ross on her Instagram account. Ever since Phoebe revealed her relationship with Ross, people have been criticizing her for dating a black man. In an interview with The Information in 2023, Phoebe clapped back at the haters who trolled her for her interracial relationship and said that she was done with people making fun of her relationship. She said,
It’s 2023. I’m done being memed for being in an interracial relationship.”
In June 2018, Robert Ross joined ThoughtSpot, a business intelligence company in Palo Alto, California, as a software engineering intern. During his internship period, he worked on the natural language processing team. After an internship of four months, Ross started working as a software engineer at the firm. As a part of his job, Ross implemented language sentiment heuristics to better infer natural language hypotheses and resolve column ambiguity. He quit the firm in March 2019. Three months later, Robert joined Google Cloud Privacy & Security in Greater New York City as a software engineering intern. He then did a two-month internship as Quantitative Investing Summer Analyst at BlackRock, an American multinational investment company. While studying at Stanford University, Robert Ross was a part of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and held positions like director of recruitment, director of diversity and inclusion, and president at the university. At Stanford University, he was also a member of the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers. Robert served as the class President at Stanford for three years. He also worked as a financial officer and section leader. In June 2021, he joined Google as an associate product manager intern and helped to launch several next-generation of products at Google.
Later, he worked as a full-time associate product manager at Google for around 3 months. In January 2023, he co-founded Lume (YC W23), an artificial intelligence-based software development firm. The AI tool aids engineering teams in constructing and preserving customized data integrations without requiring any coding knowledge.
- Football Clubs: Atlanta Falcons, Real Madrid CF
- Quote: “Today you are you and that’s truer than true; there is no one alive that is your than you!”
- Robert Ross loves traveling and playing golf in his leisure time.
- He is fluent in two languages- English and Spanish.
- Robert is often spotted consuming alcohol on various occasions.
- Committed to philanthropy, Robert Ross has advocated for various social causes. He has also collaborated with various initiatives of the Gates family.