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also known as William Henry Gates III, The King of Software

administrator , executive , co-founder of microsoft corporation

Bill Gates is an American programmer, inventor, business magnate and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third.

Background

Ethnicity: His parents are of English, German, and Scots-Irish descent.

Education

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.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.

Gates enrolled at Harvard University in the fall, originally thinking of a career in law. But his freshman year saw him spend more of his time in the computer lab than in class. Gates 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.

Career

Gates in 1976 instituted licensing of Microsoft's software products directly to computer manufacturers, who were then free to bundle the operating systems and programming languages with their computers--a marketing innovation that dramatically increased Microsoft's revenues. Although MITS soon folded, Microsoft attracted new customers such as fledgling hardware firms like Apple and Commodore, as well as the Tandy Corporation, makers of the popular Radio Shack computers.

In 1979, Microsoft, with about 15 employees, shifted its headquarters to Bellevue (near Seattle), Wash. A year later, when IBM invited Microsoft to write a suite of programming languages for its new personal computer, eventually known as the IBM PC, Gates proposed that Microsoft also produce the operating system for the new computer. The Microsoft Disk Operating System (MS-DOS) was based on 86-DOS, independently developed by Tim Paterson of Seattle Computer but acquired by Microsoft in 1981. Both the IBM PC and MS-DOS 1.0 were announced to the public in August 1981. The agreement with IBM stipulated royalties for each copy of Microsoft software, a move that paid huge dividends with the spectacular success of the IBM PC during the 1980's. The success of both products established dominant standards for microcomputer hardware and software.

Microsoft also became the leading developer of software for the Apple Macintosh, with its alternative graphical user interface (GUI). Late in 1988, Microsoft introduced Windows, its own GUI for computers using MS-DOS. It became the dominant software platform of the 1990's, so that by 1995 roughly 85 percent of the world's personal computers were controlled by Microsoft software. In 1995, Microsoft introduced Windows 95 with a new operating system. Bundled with it was Microsoft Network, a new on-line service with access to the Internet, and the Internet Explorer browser.

In 1996, Microsoft and the NBC television network, in a joint venture, introduced MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news cable channel. MSNBC Interactive, its companion World Wide Web site, permitted consumers to create unique daily Web pages of news, weather, and opinion keyed to individual preferences. Other Microsoft products included Encarta, a multimedia CD-ROM encyclopedia; Bookshelf, containing electronic versions of seven major reference books; and Cinemania, an electronic encyclopedia of movies. The company, which in 1986 moved again to Redmond, another Seattle suburb, had by 1995 grown to nearly 18,000 employees, 200 products, and $6 billion in revenues.

Anticipating a market for the electronic transmission of illustrations, Gates in 1989 founded the Corbis Corporation. By 1996, the company, solely owned by Gates, had gained digital reproduction rights to more than 30 million images.

As Microsoft's chairman, chief executive officer, and largest shareholder, Gates had by 1995 become the world's richest person (with a fortune estimated at more than $13 billion), his generation's leading entrepreneur, and the computer industry's dominant figure. In 1995, he presented his vision of computing's future in The Road Ahead

Achievements

  • Bill Gates is consistently ranked among the world's 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.

Works

  • book

    • The Road Ahead

    • Business at the Speed of Thought

Interests

  • Writers

    The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins,

    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger,

    My Years with General Motors by Alfred P. Sloan,

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,

    The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker.

  • Sport & Clubs

    Golf, bridge, tennis

  • Other Interests

    Art, reading

Connections

father:
William H. Gates - military

mother:
Mary Maxwell Gates - businessman , teacher

Maternal grandfather:
J. W. Maxwell - Organization president

elder sister:
Kristi

younger sister:
Libby

Wife:
Melinda French - manager
Melinda French - Wife of Bill Gates

Daughter:
Jennifer Katherine
Jennifer Katherine - Daughter of Bill Gates

Son:
Rory John
Rory John - Son of Bill Gates

Daughter:
Phoebe Adele