Name : VEHBİ Surname: KILIÇ Number : 283991 Department : Comp. Engineering Teacher : KAREN HOWELLS School :European University of Lefke
The Life of Bill Gates Name : BİLL Surname: GATES Date of Birth: 28.10.1955 Place of Birth: A.B.D. Profession: BUSİNESS MAN
Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. He’s also changed the way we live and work. Gates started Microsoft more than three decades ago, with the goal of bringing computers into everyone’s home and onto everyone’s desk. These days, he’s more focused on giving his wealth away.
Gates Discovers Love for Software at 13 Born in October 1955, Bill Gates grew up in Seattle with his parents, William and Mary Gates and two sisters. He attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School, where he discovered his interest in software. He was just 13 when he began programming the computer at the school and was excused from math class to pursue his interest. The teletype machine was purchased with money raised by the students’ mothers during a rummage sale.
Gates Becomes a Programming Whiz Kid Gates soon became known as a computer expert in high school, and was part of a group of students who were trying to master the machine. Among them was Paul Allen, who later co-founded Microsoft with Gates. “It was an addiction almost for him and a few others,” his father, William Gates II, told the BBC. “They spent all [their] time in that little lab building where the computer was located.” While in high school, Gates wrote a tic-tac-toe program that allowed users to play against the computer. At 15, he and Allen made $20,000 after developing a computer program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle. Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973, and got a 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT test.
Microsoft is Born Gates was attending Harvard in 1975 when childhood friend Paul Allen showed up with a magazine featuring a mail-order computer kit. The two wrote a program for the new computer — the MITS Altair — without ever having seen one. Allen flew to New Mexico the next day to show the program to the manufacturers, who were impressed and made the team an offer. Gates dropped out of Harvard and he and Allen opened Microsoft’s first office, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Gates Becomes a Billionaire Bill Gates was officially declared a billionaire in Forbes’ 400 Riches People in America issue in 1987. At the time, he was worth $1.25 billion — $900 million more than the previous year. He was just 32 at the time, making him the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Gates has said he is “lucky” he doesn’t have to worry about money. He told the BBC, “Having a job where you work as hard as I do, it’s fun, it’s hectic. I wouldn’t trade places with anyone … and it’s not because of the number, it’s because of the day-to-day activity I love."
Windows 95 Released Bill Gates and Microsoft went all out when they launched Windows 95 at a big party at the company’s Redmond, Wash., campus. Most notably, the fanfare included television commercials featuring the Rolling Stone’s singing “Start Me Up.” Microsoft sold 7 million copies in the first five weeks.
Gates Gets His Harvard Degree More than three decades after dropping out of college, Bill Gates returned to Harvard in June 2007 to receive an honorary degree. He also delivered the commencement speech and challenged the graduates to combat the world’s most pressing problems. “I hope you will come back here to Harvard 30 years from now and reflect on what you have done with your talent and your energy,” Gates told the graduates. “I hope you will judge yourselves not on your professional accomplishments alone, but also on how well you have addressed the world’s deepest inequities... [and] on how well you treated people a world away who have nothing in common with you but their humanity.”