William Henry Bill Gates III known all around the world as Bill Gates, the founder and the then Chairman of IT giant Microsoft, world known entrepreneurs of personal computerswas born on Oct 28, 1955at Seattle Washington.
Destiny shaped at an early stage of life. Born to a upper middle class family, he studied at Lakesideschool, and showed interest in software and programming at the age of thirteenonly. This is where he met Paul Allen, his friend and future partner who share similar interests.The first ever program written by Gates was a tic-toe program in BASIC computer language at the age of 13 that allowed users to play against computer.
When he was 17, he entered into his first business deal in partnership with Paul Allen by selling a computer program for USD 4200. He has scored a woomph 1590 out of 1600 on the college SAT test.
His parents wanted him to pursue law and got him enrolled at Harvard University. But the man was not made for anything else but computers. To his parents dismay, he soon dropped Harvard University to join Allen at Honeywell in 1975 and both formed a partnership they named as MICROSOFT a micro-computer and software company and wrote a computer program for MITS Company, to run Altair computers.
Gates possessed a great business operation sense and this is what put him in the key role of leading the company and its spokesperson at the age of just 25.
Through the corporate membership of his mother Mary on several Boards, he met the turning point of Microsoft, CEO of IBM. He impressed IBM that MS can meet their needs well. IBM entered into a deal with MS and declared MS as the exclusive licensing agent of the software.
In 1986, Gates made Microsoft public at $21 per share. Just then, Gates became an instant millionaire at the age of 31. With the stock raising high, Gates became a billionaire in the year 1987. Since then, it has been only rising for Bill Gates whose wealth valued $101 in the year 1999 and has topped the Forbes’ annual list of top 400 wealthiest people in America.
A legend by the management style, with the products like Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office, Microsoft gained monopoly in operating systems and product development.
Gates met his love mate Melinda French in 1989 and both tied the knot in 1994. Bill gates started taking less interest in day to day affairs of Microsoft and handed over the job to college friend Steve Balmer. Bill nowdays is actively involved in philanthropic efforts and set up Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the year 2000 to help improve education and world health.
Bill gates has also authored and co authored a number of bestsellers in the market . He has received numerous recognition in the field of Philanthropy also.
An inventor, revolutionary, most influential, wealthiest, richest and the latest award the world’s most admired person conducted by the Times survey.
Long live the kind soul!