Born on October 28, 1955 , in Seatlle. Founded MICROSOFT with Paul Allen. former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft. Consistently ranked among the worlds wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third, in 2011.
Born October 28, 1955 to William H. Gates II & Mary Gates. Grew up in Seattle, WA. 2 sisters- Kristi (older) and Libby (younger). Father was a Seattle attorneyMother was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, & chairman of United Way International.
Enrolled into Lakeside Prep at age 13 and developed friendship with Paul Allen. As a baby, he was very smart child , full of energy and bright student. Discovered computers (ARS-33). Wrote his first computer program in 8th grade. Graduated from Lakeside and registered at Harvard College in the fall of 1973. SAT score: 1590 out of 1600.
1. Inspiring the era of the home computer During the late 1960s, Bill Gates and his school friend Paul Allen learnt the BASIC programming language whilst studying at Lakeside School in Seattle.2. Commercialising the operating system Gates and Allen founded Microsoft in 1976. In 1980, the company inked a landmark deal with IBM to produce an operating system for its up-and-coming personal computer (PC). Microsoft bought 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products, a Disk Operating System designed for 8086-based computers.
3. Launching Windows 95 When you look back at the career of Bill Gates, its easy to focus on Microsofts biggest product – Windows. You can now find versions of Windows on around 90 per cent of the worlds computers.4. Becoming the richest man in the world Bill Gates became the richest man on the planet at the age of 39. He stayed at number one on the Forbes list of the Worlds Richest People until 2007.5. Giving his money away In 2006, Warren Buffet gifted $31 billion to the Foundation, which already had over $30 billion of Gates own money in its coffers. In 2007 alone, the Foundation spent over $2 billion on global education and health initiatives.
Lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer his freshman year at Harvard. Steve is now Microsoft’s chief executive officer. His sophomore year, he developed a solution to one of a series of unsolved problems that was later published in a paper with Harvard scientists. Solution held record as the fastest version in over thirty years.
Gates and Allen teamead up and started a company named Micro-soft, in 1975. Started off by developing a version of an early computer language- Basic, later on they sold it to MITS( their first customer) for $3000. In 1980’s Micro-soft became Microsoft. Later in 1980 microsoft acquired a small Operating system and developed MS-DOS, licenced by IBM for its first PC On June 25 1981, Bill Gates as Chairman and CEO. In 1983 Microsoft developed 1st Windows OS. On March 1986, with nearly 1400 employees and $200 revenues, Bill Gates became billionaire.
1994, married Melinda French in Hawaii. 1995,The govt agreed to drop its antitrust action. 1998,profit $4.5 billion dollars,twice of world’s next largest corporation i.e General Motors. 2000, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was established. It has over $28.8 billion to support charitable initiatives in the areas of global health and education
Chairman of Microsoft Corp. Has brought the company to continually advance and improve software technology. He has made it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable to use computers. Microsoft is now the worldwide leader in software, services, and solutions that help people and businesses reach full potential.
* Currently employs over 78,000 people in 105 countries and regions.* Had revenues of $52.12 billion for the year ending in June 2007.* Gates has been responsible for the company’s strategies until 2006.* He has vigorously broadened the company’s range of products.* He has written two books, The Road Ahead (1995) and Business @ the Speed of Thought (1999).
Do what you know Envision big Own it Partner Recognise when you’ve missed the boat Compete like a small company Hire and keep the best
Bill Gates ($53 billion) is now the 2nd richest man in the world, behind Carlos Slim Helu ($53.5 billion).