Friday, 10 May 2013

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

William Henry Gates, the person who never graduated from a college, is the current chairman and former chief executive of Microsoft. His net worth is around $61 Billion. He founded Microsoft in year 1975 along with his friend Paul Allen.
He was rated as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire in year 1987. He was listed in the pages of Forbes’ 400 Richest People in America issue when he was 32 years old.


Name: William Henry “Bill” Gates III

Born: 28th October 1955 in Seattle, USA
Age: 56 Years

Major Fields:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Computer Programmer
  • Philanthropist
  • Author


  • The Road Ahead
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought

Interesting facts about Bill Gates:

  • He is ranked among the world’s richest people wherein he scored number one in the list from 1995 till 2009, except 2008 wherein he was ranked number three.
  • In 1973 he became a student at Harvard University but dropped out in year 1975 wherein he decided to follow his dreams. He had interest in software and programming since early age.
    Bill Gates
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  • At the age of thirteen he started writing his own programs and at the age of twenty years he formed Microsoft. He wrote his first program which was tic-tac-toe game that allowed users to play against the computer.
  • He created his first venture – Traf-O-Data , at the age 17 with Paul Allen to make traffic counters built on the Intel 8008 processor.
  • Bill Gates functioned as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives in year 1973.
  • His company became famous for their computer operating systems – MS DOS and later Microsoft Windows. He worked on aggressively broadening the company’s product line by holding the position of Product Strategist from Microsoft’s founding year 1975 till 2006.
  • In year 2000, Bill Gates established Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with his wife and has been pursuing a number of philanthropic endeavors. His organization has been donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs around the world.
  • Bill Gates also appeared in a series of ads to promote Microsoft in 2008.

Some cool quotes by Bill Gates:

  • As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
  • If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
  • If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
  • Life is not fair; get used to it.
  • The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
  • Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.

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