Bill Gates

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Bill Gates

Born

Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Birth Name

William Henry Gates III

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Mr. Microsoft
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Bill Gates is an American software executive, entrepreneur, and the chairman of the Microsoft Corporation. He was born into a wealthy family. He was excellent in his school work and attended Harvard College, but he never graduated and still does not have a college degree to this day.…more

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  • Trivia

    • Bill enjoys to read and play golf in his spare time.

    • Bill has an IQ of 160.

    • Bill is mentioned in Bowling For Soup's song "High School Never Ends".

    • He is currently having a building named after him at Carnegie Mellon University called the Gates Building of Computer Science.

    • Gates has recently announced that he will be reducing his involvement at Microsoft and will be devoting more time to his charity work.

    • In 2006, he made a surprise appearance at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) to promote the Xbox 360. Before 2006, Gates had never appeared at E3.

    • He met his wife, Melinda French, in 1987 at a Microsoft press event in Manhattan while she was a worker for the company. They would go on to get married on New Years Day in 1994.

    • By the age of 17, Gates had sold his first computer program, a time tabling system for his high school, for $4,200.

    • In 2002, Bill Gates was considered more idolized than Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung in a poll of teenagers in Hong Kong and China. The survey was conducted by the City University of Hong Kong.

    • As of the March 2006 issue of Forbes magazine, Bill Gates has been on listed as Number 1 on "Forbes' Richest People" list for twelve years in a row.

    • Gates' Microsoft, officially went public on his 30th birthday, October 28, 1985.

    • Gates is the current owner of the Codex Leicester - a 72-page collection of Leonardo da Vinci's scientific writings. The writings are a mixture of observations on water properties, astronomy and rocks and fossils. Gates puts the Codex on public display once a year in a different city around the world.

    • He was selected along with his wife Melinda and U2's Bono as Time magazine's "Persons of the Year" for 2005.

    • Gates gave the Keynote Address at the 2006 MIX conference - a three day event to discuss the future of Microsoft and current trends in technology.

    • In 2000, Gates and his wife founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization provides funds for college scholarships for under-represented minorities, donates money for AIDS prevention and helps with relief with disease and hunger third world countries.

    • While at Harvard, Gates' co-wrote Altair BASIC which became Microsoft's (then called Micro-Soft) first product.

    • Gates scored 1590 on his SAT standardized test. The top score for the test is 1600.

    • In 2005, Gates was honored with the title Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England.

    • He is the co-founder, chairman, and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the world's largest software company.

    • According to Forbes magazine, as of March 2008 Bill Gates is considered the third richest person in the world, with a net worth of about $58 billion (US). In the previous few years, he was listed as the richest in the world.

  • Quotes

    • Bill Gates: Microsoft was founded with a vision of a computer on every desk, and in every home. We've never wavered from that vision.

    • Bill Gates: It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

    • Bill Gates: At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top - I'm afraid that's not quite right.

    • Bill Gates: We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.

    • Bill Gates: Windows 2000 already contains features such as the human discipline component, where the PC can send an electric shock through the keyboard if the human does something that does not please Windows.

    • Bill Gates: Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

    • Bill Gates: Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it's really let us down.

    • Gates: Don't tell anybody, but he [Steven Spielberg] keeps pestering us to create a real life AI bear. He's got a thing for Teddy's.

    • Bill Gates: The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I think he is a good guy.

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    Normally, I don't have a very good outlook towards billionaires. Most of the time, they are money-craving power hungry people. I do have to admit that I think that Bill Gates is different. From what I have seen, he donates lots of money towards charities and he seems like a nice person. He also has been very successful with his Microsoft business and has made some good career choices in his life. I must say that Bill seems like he knows what he is doing and recently I heard that he was stepping down from his business to retire. Overall, I think he is a decent person. Thank you.moreless
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