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BILL GATES FOUNDER OF MICROSOFT Famous for : Being the richest man in the world, a cofounder of the software company Microsoft, and for being one of the world's most generous philanthropists.Gates details : Born - USA October 28, 1955 Lives - United States of America


BIODATA Bill Gates 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.

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"To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential." Microsoft Mission StatementAfter 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. In 1975 the company Micro-soft was formed, which was an abbreviation of microcomputer software. It soon became simply "Microsoft"® and went on to completely change the way people use computers. Microsoft helped to make the computer easier to use with its developed and purchased software, and made it a commercial success. The success of Microsoft began with the MS-DOS computer operating system that Gates licensed to IBM. Gates also set about protecting the royalties that he could acquire from computer software by aggressively fighting against all forms of software piracy, effectively creating the retail software market that now exists today. This move was quite controversial at the time as it was the freedom of sharing that produced much innovation and advances in the newly forming software industry. But it was this stand against software piracy, that was to be central in the great commercial success that Microsoft went on to achieve.

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Bill Gates CriticismWith his great success in the computer software industry also came many criticisms. With his ambitious and aggressive business philosophy, Gates or his Microsoft lawyers have been in and out of courtrooms fighting legal battles almost since Microsoft began. The Microsoft monopoly sets about completely dominating every market it enters through either acquisition, aggressive business tactics or a combination of them. Many of the largest technology companies have fought legally against the actions of Microsoft, including Apple Computer, Netscape, Opera, WordPerfect, and sun Microsystems.

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Bill Gates PhilanthropyBeing the richest man in the world has also enabled Gates to create one of the world's largest charitable foundations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an endowment of more than $28 billion, with donations totaling more than $1 billion every year. The foundation was formed in 2000 after merging the "Gates Learning Foundation" and "William H. Gates Foundation". Their aim is to "bring innovations in health and learning to the global community".Bill Gates continues to play a very active role in the workings of the Microsoft Company, but has handed the position of CEO over to Steve Ballmer. Gates now holds the positions of "Chairman" and "Chief Software Architect". He has started that he plans to take on fewer responsibilities at Microsoft and will eventually devote all his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.In 2006, the second richest man in the world, Warren Buffett pledged to give much of his vast fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Bill Gates Receives a KBEIn March 2005 William H. Gates received an "honorary" knighthood from the queen of England. Gates was bestowed with the KBE Order (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services in reducing poverty and improving health in the developing countries of the world.After the privately held ceremony in Buckingham Palace with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Gates commented on the recognition..

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"I am humbled and delighted. I am particularly pleased that this honor helps recognize the real heroes our foundation (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) supports to improve health in poor countries. Their incredible work is helping ensure that one day all people, no matter where they are born, will have the same opportunity for a healthy life, and I'm grateful to share this honor with them."The KBE Order of the British Empire is the second highest Order given out, but it is only an honorary knighthood as only citizens that are British or a part of the Commonwealth receive the full Order. This means that Gates does not become Sir Bill Gates.Bill Gates lives near Lake Washington with his wife Melinda French Gates and their three children. Interests of Gates include reading, golf and playing bridge.

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Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Bill Gates Quotes

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Bill Gates Education At the age of 13, bill enrolled for Lakeside school, an exclusively preparatory school, which is said to be a turning point. It all began to create a new page in the history, when the mothers club at the school used funds arisen out of profit from sale of some miscellaneous things collected in the club, to purchase an ASR-33 teletype terminal and also a block of General Electric computers for school students. Gates developed a special interest in GE terminal computer and went ahead to learn and develop programs using programming language BASIC. He was excused from attending the Maths classes, while doing so. He developed his first major program on his own, which is an implementation of game called as tic-tac-toe. This is, perhaps the turning point in his career. In fact, Gates was always thinking, how the machine could execute his program perfectly without giving any problems. I think, as a professional programmer, that also one way, helped Gates to understand computer programming better

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Laying first foundation stones, for a great distinguished career Gates got a chance to work in Computer Center Corporation (CCC), along with three other Lakeside students banned by the same CCC for the summer, after it caught them exploring and misused the bugs found in CCC’s operating system, after the ban was lifted. The four students were, Gates himself, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland and Kent Evans. The four offered to debug CCC’s software in exchange for free computer time. Instead of using the system via teletype, Gates intentionally went personally to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various source code that were kept in their offices, which included Fortran, LISP, and finally the machine language. This arrangement went till 1970, when CCC winded up their business. The next year itself, Information Sciences Inc. hired these four students to write Payroll program in COBOL providing them the computer and royalties. After administrators came to know about the abilities, Gates was made to write the school’s computer program to schedule students in classes. To ones surprise, Gates later on, modified code so that he was placed in classes with most female students

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