•William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American businessmagnate, investor, philanthropist, and author.•Gates is the former chief executive officer (CEO) and current chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen.•He is 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 he was the wealthiest American and the second wealthiest person.•During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chiefsoftware architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with6.4 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authoredseveral books.
•Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000.He remained as chairman and created the position of chief softwarearchitect. Gates last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008.• He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.•Gates was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates.•Gates has one elder sister, Kristi and one younger sister, Libby. He was the fourth of his name in his family,but was known as William Gates III or "Trey"because his father had the "II" suffix.• Early on in his life, Gates parents had a law career in mind for him. Gatestook an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC. He wrote his firstcomputer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe thatallowed users to play games against the computer.
•Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of1600 on the SAT and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973.•While at Harvard, he met Steve Ballmer, who later succeeded Gates asCEO of Microsoft. The Poker Room in Currier House at Harvard University, inwhich Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer formed Microsoft.•Gates did not have a study plan while a student at Harvardand spent a lot of time using the schools computers.Gates remained in contact with Paul Allen, Gates and Allensaw this as the opportunity to start their own computer software company.•He had talked this decision over with his parents, who were supportive ofhim after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company.• Gates married Melinda French on January 1, 1994. They have twodaughters, Jennifer Katharine Gates (1996) and Phoebe Adele (2002), andone son, Rory John (1999).
•Born in Mysore, Karnataka on 20 August 1946, Murthy graduated with adegree in electrical engineering from the National Institute ofEngineering, University of Mysore in 1967. He received his masters degreefrom IIT Kanpur in 1969. •Murthys first job position was at IIM Ahmadabad, where he worked as the chief systems programmer. After IIM Ahmedabad, he started a company named Softronics in 1976.When that company failed, he joined Patni Computer Systems in Pune.•After settling down in Pune, Murthy founded Infosys in 1981with an initialcapital injection of Rs 10,000, which was invested by his wife Sudha Murthy.•At Infosys he articulated, designed and implemented the Global DeliveryModel which has become the foundation for the huge success in ITservices outsourcing from India.
•He held the executive position of Chairman of the Board from 2002 to2006, when he became the "non-executive" Chairman of the Board andChief Mentor.• In August 2011, he retired completely from the company and takingthe title Chairman Emeritus. •Murthy serves as an independent director on the corporate boards of HSBC and has served as a director on the boards of DBS Bank, Unilever, ICICI and NDTV.•He is also the Chairman of the Governing board of Public HealthFoundation of India He also serves on the Asia Pacific Advisory Board ofBritish Telecommunications. In 2005 he co-chaired the World EconomicForum in Davos.