Bill Gates Essay

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William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor.[3][4][5] Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.

He is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people[6] and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009—excluding 2008, when he was ranked third;[1] in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the world's second wealthiest person.[7][8] According to the Bloomberg Billionaires List, Gates became the world's richest person again in May 2013, a position that ...view middle of the document...

He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie (which has since left Microsoft), chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates's last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014, taking on a new post as technology advisor to support newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.[16]

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1 Early life
2 Microsoft
2.1 BASIC
2.2 IBM partnership
2.3 Windows
2.4 Management style
2.5 Antitrust litigation
2.6 Appearance in ads
3 Post-Microsoft
4 Personal life
4.1 Philanthropy
4.1.1 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4.1.2 Personal
4.1.3 Criticism
4.2 Recognition
4.3 Other business ventures and investments
5 Books, films, and social media
5.1 Books
5.2 Documentaries
5.3 Feature films
5.4 Social media
6 See also
7 Notes
8 References
8.1 Bibliography
9 Further reading
10 External links
Early life
Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, in an upper-middle-class family, the son of William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. His ancestral origin includes English, German, and Scots-Irish.[17][18] His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates's maternal grandfather was JW Maxwell, a national bank president. Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), 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.[19] Early on in his life, Gates's parents had a law career in mind for him.[20] When Gates was young, his family regularly attended a Congregational church.[21][22][23] The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that "it didn't matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock ... there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing".[24]

At 13, he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school.[25] When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students.[26] Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly. When he reflected back on that moment, he said, "There was just something neat about the machine."[27] After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, he and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of...

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