Who is the wealthiest man in America and one of the most important, influential personalities in the modern world of computers and technology? If you love computers you must know the big name- Bill Gates. He is the co-founder of Microsoft.
Early Life of Bill Gates
Bill Gates was born on 28th October, 1955 in Seattle, Washington. His father was a successful attorney and mother was a school teacher. He was a middle child with an elder and a younger sister.
His parents wanted him to become a lawyer but Bill was interested in computers from the very beginning. Bill studied at a private school where he became good friends with Paul Allen who had similar interests.
Later Allen became Bill’s business partner when he developed Microsoft. Paul and Bill were computer geniuses and soon realised the potential for a booming computer industry.
While still in high school, Bill, along with Paul, started a firm called Traf-O-Data and earned twenty thousand dollars. Bill Gates was responsible for the first computer virus that ruined other programs and data.
He was severely punished for that and was kept away from computers for a year, to concentrate on law school. But nothing could keep him and Paul away from pursuing their love for computer software.
The Beginning of Microsoft
Gates dropped out of Harvard and wrote programs for the early Apple and Commodore machines. He, along with Paul, started Microsoft in 1975. It was in 1980 that IBM approached Gates and for help with a special project.
Gates then developed the Microsoft Disk operating system or MS-DOS. It was a huge success as software developers moved rapidly to become compatible with the IBM computers. MS-DOS has since then been the leader of all operating systems.
In 1985 they introduced the Microsoft Windows Operating system which was compatible to run on a variety of PCs. It was compared with the operating system of Apple, but Apple OS could run only on Apple machines.
Bill Gates Quotes
“The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”
“DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.”
“If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.”
Bill Gates married Melinda French and has 3 children. In the year 2000, they formed a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is one of the largest charitable foundations in the world and aims at enhancing healthcare and reducing poverty in America.
Bill Gates’ house, a mansion in Washington is the most high-tech house in the world and is worth $123 million! The mansion has features like: change the artwork on the wall with a button click, an underwater music system in the swimming pool, 24 bathrooms, a home theatre for 20 guests and many more.
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William Henry Gates III (Bill) was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. Bill was the second of three children in an upper-middle class family. He enjoyed playing games with the family and was very competitive. He also loved to read. Bill became bored in public school so his family sent him to Lakeside School, a private school, where he excelled in math and science and did well in drama and English.
Gates became interested in computer programming when he was 13, during the era of giant mainframe computers. His school held a fund-raiser to purchase a teletype terminal so students could use computer time that was donated by General Electric. Using this time, Gates wrote a tic-tac-toe program using BASIC, one of the first computer languages. Later he created a computer version of Risk, a board game he liked in which the goal is world domination. At Lakeside, Bill met Paul Allen, who shared his interest in computers. Gates and Allen and two other students hacked into a computer belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC) to get free computer time but were caught. After a period of probation, they were allowed back in the computer lab when they offered to fix glitches in CCC’s software. At age 17, Gates and Allen were paid $20,000 for a program called Traf-O-Data that was used to count traffic.
In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT and was accepted by Harvard University. Steve Ballmer, who became CEO of Microsoft after Bill retired, was also a Harvard student. Meanwhile, Paul Allen dropped out of Washington College to work on computers at Honeywell Corporation and convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard and join him in starting a new software company in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They called it Micro-Soft. This was soon changed to Microsoft, and they moved their company to Bellevue, Washington.
In 1980, IBM, one of the largest technology companies of the era, asked Microsoft to write software to run their new personal computer, the IBM PC. Microsoft kept the licensing rights for the operating system (MS-DOS) so that they earned money for every computer sold first by IBM, and later by all the other companies that made PC computers. Microsoft grew quickly from 25 employees in 1978 to over 90,000 today. Over the years, Microsoft developed many new technologies and some of the world’s most popular software and products such as Word and Power Point. Although some have criticized Gates for using questionable business practices, he built Microsoft into one of the largest companies in the world. He has been described as brilliant but childlike, driven, competitive, intense, fun, but lacking in empathy.
Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world. In 2012, his $61 billion dollars in assets made him the world’s second richest man according to Forbes Magazine. In 2006, Gates announced that he would cut back his involvement at Microsoft to spend more time on philanthropy and his foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports many causes including the quest to eradicate Polio, fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; providing vaccinations for children; and even reinventing the toilet among many other things.