An American philanthropist, inventor, computer programmer and business magnate, William Henry Gates most famously known as Bill Gates born on October 28, 1955. 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.
One of the wealthiest men alive according to the Bloomberg Billionaires List, Gates became the world’s richest person again in May 2013, a position that he last held on the list in 2007. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.
Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by judicial courts.In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavours, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. Gates soon excelled at Lakeside, where he made himself oriented to a wide variety of subject ranging from Math, Science, and English Literature and even becoming a superb Drama student.
Bill Gates surrounded by historical events at a young age was inspired. 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.
At age 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor.In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the US House of Representatives.
Bill Gates also in 1973 graduated, Lakeside and was accepted by the prestigious University Of Harvard. Gates during his years at Harvard University never had a definite career plan, for some time he thought of pursuing a career in law for the admiration he had with politics, but his true craze was staying up all day and night with the computer.
“Microsoft” was created in 1976 Altair BASIC was a programming language which ran on the MITS Altair 8800. Gates due to the success of Altair BASIC decided to drop out of Harvard and never returned to complete his studies.
In 1986, Bill Gates introduced Microsoft Windows it would become one of the most used operating systems in history, and one of the most advanced. Apple around this time came up with ingenious software, Gates advised them to have a copyright, however Apple was more focused on selling computers, and this prompted Gates to take advantage of an open opportunity.
In 1995, Windows 95 was introduced, Bill Gates at this time slowed down on his work with Microsoft as he became a family man, welcoming his first daughter he had with his wife, Melinda French. Netscape came out with a browser which allowed you to access the world of internet.