Bill Gates, the Microsoft software company co-founder. He is an American software programmer, a public speaker, philanthropist, and entrepreneur.
Early Childhood life
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, together with his parents, William Gates, a lawyer, and Mary Maxwell member of United Way.
His parents thought that he would become a lawyer. They believed like-father-like son, so they forced him to take that path. But that was not on his mind; he wanted to use the computer to solve real-world problems.
The educational life of Bill Gates
He joined Lakeside School, where he concentrated on computer programming. He was good, and at the age of 13, he built a tic-tac-toe game. It was a simple game that could allow an individual to play with a computer. That was the beginning of his achievement in the software industry.
Together with Paul Allen, Evans Hocking, and Rice Weiland, they searched for bugs in school computers. The school banned them from using school computers. They were working for CCC’s company identifying bugs from its code. The bugs were found to be more than expected until the company collapsed in 1970.
An information company hired Bill Gates to write a payroll program. The software was written in the Cobol language. He wrote and sold his project for student enrollment in the class. In his school. He used to favor himself to make sure he attended class with more girls. Some teachers were notified about this, but they were happy with what he had done. So, he used to debug the code daily to be given more time to interact with computers.
Together with Allen, they started a company called Traf-O-Data. They aim to drive the traffic counter to intel 8008 processors. They performed well, but later they had to go back to school.
Bill Gates Launches Microsoft
Bill Gates took a step to join Harvard University, where he studied computer science and mathematics. He had already identified himself as a programmer; therefore, he was ready to start a company while schooling.
In 1975 while still a student, he launched Microsoft. Currently, the largest software vendor in the world. He stayed as the CEO until 2014, when he stepped down willing to work on other projects.
During the first 5 years with Microsoft, he wrote and debugged the code himself. After which, he hired a group of graduates to help him with piled work. Over time, the company started making millions of dollars. Read more here.
For almost 19 years, Bill Gates has never missed out on the list of the world’s richest people. In 1998, he was making $1 million per hour. According to Forbes, Bill Gates has a current net worth of $126.9billion. He owns various real-estate items worth $131.14 million.
He drives in a simple Mercedes-Benz despite having a Porsche car, a Ferrari, and Jaguar. The love for Porsche started when he was a teenager, but he has never bothered driving it.
Bill Gates married Melinda in 1994. They have 3 children. The family has achieved great things. During their wedding, he hired every room of the hotel to ensure total security.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Charity Foundation is the largest charitable organization in the world. It is working toward improving other people’s health and enhancing productive lives. Outside Microsoft, he promised to give $100k to a person who will build a next-generation condom. This will work towards reducing STI and other sex infection diseases among people.
Bill Gates as a Philanthropist
Despite having all that wealth. Bill announced, his children will get a total of $10 million only. When asked, he concluded that living children with much wealth would make them lazy. Bill has promised to dedicate 95% of his wealth to a charitable organization. That will help to improve the world.
He is currently living in Medina, Washington, with his family. In 2014, he stepped down as CEO to write and publish various books. Click here to learn more.
At his house, he doesn’t use a normal operating system. He has created a specific OS for himself. In 2006, he created a special calculator to calculate his tax. This was because the normal calculator could not support all the zeros of his tax.
He has spent millions of dollars giving gifts of talent and treasure to help society grow.