William Henry Gates III or more known to many as Bill Gates, was born in October 28, 1955 in Seattle Washington. At age 13, He and Paul Allen began experimenting a school teletech computer and developing “Traf-o-Data,” a computer program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle. They netted $20,000 for their efforts. Subsequently, they founded the world’s largest software business: Microsoft, eventually making them one of the richest men in the world. The two built Microsoft through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics.

William Henry Gates III or more known to many as Bill Gates, was born in October 28, 1955 in Seattle Washington. At age 13, He and Paul Allen began experimenting a school teletech computer and developing “Traf-o-Data,” a computer program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle. They netted $20,000 for their efforts. Subsequently, they founded the world’s largest software business: Microsoft, eventually making them one of the richest men in the world. The two built Microsoft through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics.

Gates was a college student at Harvard University in 1973 when he discovered the Altair Microcomputer that made him a dropout and began developing software. He was originally thinking of a career in law. But he was spending more of his time in the computer lab than in class. He did not really have a study regimen. Instead, he could get by on a few hours of sleep, cram for a test, and pass with a reasonable grade.

In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen formed Micro-Soft, a blend of “micro-computer” and “software” (they dropped the hyphen to Microsoft within a year). Although the company started out on shaky footing, by 1979 Microsoft was grossing approximately $2.5 million, and, at the age of 23, Gates placed himself as the head of the company. With his acumen for software development and a keen business sense, he led the company and worked as its spokesperson. Gates personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, often rewriting code himself when he saw it necessary. 

Following the development of software for IBM, between 1979 and 1981 Microsoft’s growth exploded. In 1980, He and Paul Allen created MS Dos operating system and one year later boasted a revenue of $16million. Microsoft launched its first retail version of windows in 1995 and boasted more than $25million in revenue.

Bill Gates was determined from the start to create his own fortune.

He is married to Melinda French and has three children: Jennifer (1996), Rory (1999) and Phoebe (2002)

In 2000, Bill Gates stepped down from the day-to-day operations of Microsoft, turning over the job of CEO to college friend Steve Ballmer, who had been with Microsoft since 1980. He positioned himself as chief software architect so he could concentrate on what was for him the more passionate side of the business, though he remained chairman of the board. 

He resigned in Microsoft as chairman in February 2014 to focus on his foundation: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Focusing global health and education. They were working on vaccinations, schools and all other aids medication which eventually made them one of the generous philanthropist in America. He realized that he had an obligation to give more of his wealth to charity.

 

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