BIO-DATA OF BILL GATESBORN: October 28, 1955 (age 55) Seattle, Washington, U.S.RESIDENCE: Medina, Washington, U.S.EDUCATION: graduate(drop out)NATIONALITY: AMERICANOCCUPATION: Chair Man of Microsoft =>Chairman of Corbis =>Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation =>Director of Berkshire Hathaway => CEO of Cascade InvestmentCurrant wealth: U.S $59 billionReligion: AgnosticHOBBY: BORD GAME&MONOPOLY GAME
“FAMILY BACKGROUND OF BIIL GATES”Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Theirfather, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates,was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman ofUnited Way InternationalGates was born in Seattle, Washington, His father was to William H. Gates,Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates is his mother of English, German, His family wasupper middle class; his father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served onthe board of directors for First Interstate Bank System and the United Way.Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School.There, he discovered his interest in software and began programmingcomputers at age 13. The Gates family atmosphere was warm and close, andall three children were encouraged to be competitive and strive forexcellence. Bill showed early signs of competitiveness when he coordinatedfamily athletic games at their summer house on Puget Sound. He also relishedin playing board games (Risk was his favorite) and excelled in Monopoly. Bill had a very close relationship with his mother,Mary, who after a brief career as a teacher devoted her time to helping raisethe children and working on civic affairs and with charities. She also served onseveral corporate boards, among them First Interstate Bank in Seattle(founded by her grandfather),
MARRIAGE LIFEHow Bill and Melinda Met:Bill and Melinda met in 1987 at a Microsoft press event in Manhattan, NewYork.Marriage Proposal:Bill proposed marriage to Melinda in 1993 when he "secretly diverted achartered plane they were taking home from Palm Springs one Sunday nightto land in Omaha. Warren Buffett met them there, arranged to have a jewelrystore open, and helped them pick a ring."Ages at Wedding: Bill, 38. Melinda,29.Wedding Date:Bill and Melinda were married on January 1, 1994 on the Hawaiian island ofLanai. The island has no stoplights, has 47 miles of coastline, lots of whitesand, and is only 18 miles long and 13 miles wide.
STARTING OF BUSINESSBy the age of 17, he had sold his first program - a timetabling system for theschool, earning him $4,200.It was at Lakeside that he met fellow student Paul Allen, who shared hisfascination with computers.During Gates stint at Harvard, the two teamed up to write the first computerlanguage program written for a personal computer.The PCs maker, MITS, liked their work and the two friends establishedMicrosoft in 1975, so-called because it provided microcomputer software. Microsoft launched its first retail versionof “Microsoft” Windows on November 20, 1985, and in August, the companystruck a deal with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2.Although the two companies successfully developed the first version of thenew system, mounting creative differences undermined the partnership.Gates distributed an internal memo on May 16, 1991, announcing that theOS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft would shift its efforts tothe Windows NT kernel development.Management styleFrom Microsofts founding in 1975 until 2006, Gates had primaryresponsibility for the companys product strategy. He aggressively broadenedthe companys range of products, and wherever Microsoft achieved adominant position he vigorously defended it. He gained a reputation for beingdistant to others; as early as 1981 an industry executive complained in publicthat "Gates is notorious for not being reachable by phone and for notreturning phone calls."
PARTNERSHIP WITH IBMMicrosoft delivered it to IBM as PC-DOS in exchange for a one-time fee of$50,000. Gates did not offer to transfer the copyright on the operating system,because he believed that other hardware vendors would clone IBMssystem. They did, and the sales of MS-DOS made Microsoft a major player inthe industry.Gates oversaw Microsofts company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington state and made Gates President ofMicrosoft and the Chairman of the Board.Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November20, 1985, and in August, the company struck a deal with IBM to develop aseparate operating system called OS/2. Although the two companiessuccessfully developed the first version of the new system, mounting creativedifferences undermined the partnership. Bill Gates retired as Microsoft CEO in2008.product to the companys engineers with great success, and the following year,Bill and Allen founded Microsoft Corporation.Microsoft had entered thepersonal computer (PC) industry at an opportune time.The Apple ComputerCorporation had introduced its Apple II personal computer with muchsuccess. International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) decided to enterthe market but needed software designed for specific tasks and an operatingsystem that permitted hardware to interpret the software.
Self-made billionaireA year later, Gates dropped out of Harvard, once it became clear that thepossibilities for Microsoft were bright.The big break came in 1980 when an agreement was signed to provide theoperating system that became known as MS-DOS, for IBMs new personalcomputer.In a contractual masterstroke, Microsoft was allowed to license the operatingsystem to other manufacturers, spawning an industry of "IBM-compatible"personal computers which depended on Microsofts operating system.That fuelled further growth, prompting the company to float in 1986, raising$61m.Now a multi-millionaire, Allen had already stepped back from the frontline.But Gates continued to play the key role in the companys growth, with hisvision for networked computers proving central to Microsofts success.However, his judgment has not always appeared flawless.While sales and profits rocketed in the early 1990s, he was seen to havemisjudged on a grand scale the possibilities and growth of the internet.
THOUGHT OF BIIL GATES Bill Gates Message on LifeFor recent high school and college graduates, here is a list of 11 things they didnot learn in school.In his book, Bill Gates talks about how feel-good, politically-correct teachingscreated a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how thisconcept set them up for failure in the real world.RULE 1......Life is not fair; get used to it.RULE 2......The world wont care about your self-esteem. The world will expectyou to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.RULE 3......You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of highschool. You wont be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.RULE 4......If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesnthave tenure.RULE 5......Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Yourgrandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called itopportunity.RULE 6......If you mess up, its not your parents fault, so dont whine aboutyour mistakes, learn from them.RULE 7......Before you were born, your parents werent as boring as they arenow. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes andlistening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forestfrom the parasites of your parents generation, try "delousing" the closet inyour own room.
RULE 8......Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but lifehas not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; theyll give you asmany times as you want to get the right answer. This doesnt bear the slightestresemblance to ANYTHING in real life.RULE 9......Life is not divided into semesters. You dont get summer off andvery few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that onyour own time.RULE 10.....Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leavethe coffee shop and go to jobs.RULE 11.....Be nice to nerds. Chances are youll end up working for one.