Bill Gates

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Bill Gates

Bill Gates is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. He is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, and is frequently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He is one of the most influential people in the world.

Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, USA. His father was a Seattle attorney and his mother was a school teacher, chairperson of the United Way charity, and regent of University of Washington. Bill Gates studied at Harvard University where he was working on the programming language BASIC. However, he did not graduate Harvard and left it in his junior year to found Microsoft Corporation, the largest computer software company in the world.

Under his guidance, Microsoft's mission has been to improve software technology, and to make using computers easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable. One of Microsoft’s biggest successes was the MS-DOS computer operating system that Gates licensed to IBM.

Bill Gates is also the founder of Corbis, which is developing a digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the world. He is on the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies carrying out diverse business activities.  Gates has also been actively engaged in fighting against software piracy, creating the retail software market.

In 1995 Gates wrote The Road Ahead, which concerned the role of information technology in the future society. The Road Ahead topped the New York Times bestseller list for seven weeks. Since 1994 Bill Gates has been married to Melinda French Gates and they have three children: Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe. The couple is very keen philanthropists and have donated large amounts of money to charitable organizations and research programs through the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation.  Bill Gates enjoys reading, playing golf and bridge.  

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eagle - 25/02/2012 - 19:05

Bill Gates, one of the people I most admire in the world. I hope you never change and continue to be so generous.