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Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.

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He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Interesting Facts

  • >>Early life: Gates was small for his age and was bullied as a child.
  • >>Coding: At 13, he enrolled in the private Lakeside prep school, where he wrote his first software program.
  • >>Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and he 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.
  • >>Family: Gates married Melinda French on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai on January 1, 1994. They have three children. The family's residence is an earth-sheltered mansion in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington.
  • >>Religion: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gates stated in regard to his faith: "The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in.
  • >>Money: Gates has held the top spot on the list of The World's Billionaires for 18 out of the past 23 years

 

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