William Henry "Bill"Gates born October 28, 1955 is an American magnate and philanthropist.
He is one of the most influential people in the world. He is cofounder of one of the most recognized brands in the computer industry with nearly every desk top computer using at least one software program from Microsoft. According to the Forbes magazine, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world and has held the number one position for many years.
Gates was born and grew up in Seattle, Washington USA. His father, William H. Gates II was a Seattle attorney and his mother, Mary Maxwell Gates was a school teacher and chairperson of the United Way charity. Gates and his two sisters had a comfortable upbringing, with Gates being able to attend the exclusive secondary "Lakeside School".
Bill Gates started studying at Harvard University in 1973 where he spent time with Paul Allen. Gates and Allen worked on a version of the programming language BASIC, that was the basis for the MITS Altair (the first microcomputer available). He did not go on to graduate from Harvard University as he left in his junior year to start what was to become the largest computer software company in the world; Microsoft Corporation.
After dropping out of Harvard Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen set about revolutionizing the computer industry. Gates believed there should be a computer on every office desk and in every home.
"With success, I have been given great wealth. And with great wealth comes great responsibility to give back to society, to see that those resources are put to work in the best possible way to help those in need"
"the brightest young minds in the nation should be devoted to working on the world’s hardest problems, though this is often not the case."
In 2000, Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive to serve as "chief software architect," but he continued to be a towering daily presence at the company even as it saw the rise of Google and a new breed of competitors. Few years ago He made clear that he intends to step away from corporate life to focus on a foundation that already surpasses many governments across the globe in terms of spending and impact in the areas of vaccines, immunization and AIDS research.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $29 billion endowment is 10 times the size of the Rockefeller Foundation and three times the size of the Ford Foundation. The foundation has contributed $159 million, or half of worldwide funding, for research and treatment that could result in nine or 10 new drugs that would help the world's poorest people fight diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Public health experts said the effort has invigorated areas of research that had fallen by the wayside and introduced innovative approaches by partnering with other nonprofit groups, governments and drug companies.
Bill Gates lives near Lake Washington with his wife Melinda French Gates and their three children