Born in Seattle, Washington to Bill Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell
Grew up with 2 sisters- Libby (younger) and Kristi (older)
Bill Gates not only became rich in his life, but his family was already an upper middle class family.
Bill Gates Sr. was a Lawyer, while Mary Maxwell was a chairwomen of United Way, and a schoolteacher
School Bill Gates first attended View Ridge Elementary School. He was very smart, and this school was boring to him so he read the whole Encyclopedia In grade Seven his parents were worried about him not getting challenged, so they sent him to Lakeside School ; a private boys’ only school Here he would also meet future business partners, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer
Lakeside School Lakeside school was also one of the first schools to have a ASR- 33 teletype machine. They were connected via phone line You would type a question into the teletype machine and the computer would print back an answer This machine acted like a computer, but the real computer was down the street
Seeing the teletype machine was like love at first sight for bill. He took a interest in computers and started by programming and designing a Tic- Tac- Toe game. It would allow users to compete with the computer.
By age 13 he was programming computers. One of the he programmed was a computer to be used by the City of Seattle.
He also designed an electric Calendar with his friend Kent Evans. Kent passed away so Paul Allen took over
Computers The first ever computer to be sold to the public was the Altair 8800 built by MITS international When first seeing the Altair 8800 with Paul Allen, at Harvard University, they contacted Ed Roberts; the president of MITS and informed him they had a version of BASIC (Beginners All- purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) written for this computer
Truth: They didn’t. But in the next three weeks they wrote one from scratch
Microsoft After getting a deal with MITS they formed Micro-soft (within a year the hyphen was dropped) a name that originated from microcomputer and software. Their first office was located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the following year Microsoft was relocated to Bellevue, Washington
Melinda French On January 1st , 1994 Bill married Melinda French They have three children- Jennifer Katharine (1996), Rory John (1999) Phoebe Adele (2002)
House 66,000 sq. ft. estate 60 foot swimming pool Underwater music system 2500 sq. Ft. Gym 1000 sq. Ft. Dining room
Philanthropy After retiring , he continued his philanthropy by starting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; he has donated $28.5 billion to this Foundation He has donated (all together) over $30 billion to charity
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