Bill Gates – Co-founder and first Chairman of Microsoft

Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III
(October 28, 1955, Seattle, Washington,  USA)
Nationality: United States of America
Category: Leaders
Occupation:  Businessmen, Philanthropists
Unique distinction: Co-Founder and Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.
Height: 5′ 9½” (1,77 m).
IQ of 160.

Bill Gates Quotes: 
1. If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.
2. We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
3. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
4. Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe 10% to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want that on my business card.
5. The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
6. I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
7. This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.

Achievements and contributions:

Social and professional position: Bill Gates is an American businessman, computer software designer, author, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Microsoft Inc. and Co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The main contribution to (what is known): Gates is a microcomputer pioneer, inventor, and one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. He is an American business magnate and the world’s richest man.
Net worth US$ 89 billion on October 2017. Gates’ net worth on November 2019 is $110 billion.
Contributions: While still a Harvard undergraduate, Bill Gates wrote a version of the programming language BASIC for the MITS Altair microcomputer.
In November 1975 Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard to work with Allen at MITS in Albuquerque. Having written the first computer language for a personal computer, Gates and Allen established the Microsoft Corporation in 1975. The name “Microsoft” was formed from the words “microcomputer” and “software.”
In 1980 Microsoft began its domination of the fledgling microcomputer industry when Gates licensed the operating system MS-DOS to IBM for use in IBM’s first personal computer.
On November 10, 1983, Microsoft Corporation formally announced Microsoft Windows, a next-generation operating system. It was just a publicity stunt.
The truth was that Microsoft was nowhere near developing such a system.  This year Paul Allen left the company for health reasons. Windows 1.0 was finally released in November 1985. That same year Microsoft reported $140 million in revenue, including $46.6 million from overseas users.
In 1986, Bill Gates took Microsoft public with an initial public offering (IPO) of $21 per share. Gates held 45 % of the company’s 24.7 million shares and became an instant millionaire at age 31.
Beginning in 1995, he refocused Microsoft on the development of software solutions for the Internet, in particular, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser and he also moved the company into the computer hardware and gaming markets with the Xbox video machine.
Gates’s role at Microsoft for most of its history was primarily a company’s product strategy,  management and executive role. However, he was an active software developer in the early years.
He, along with others, wrote the MS-DOS operating system, the Windows operating interface, the Internet Explorer browser, and a multitude of other popular computer products.
In March 2010, Gates with a net worth of $53 billion, was the second wealthiest person behind Carlos Slim but regained the top position in 2013.
On August 2016 his Net worth – was US $90 billion. Gates’ net worth on November 2019 is $110 billion.
Honours and Awards: U.S. National Medal of Technology, 1993; Chief Executive of the Year, Chief Executive, 1994; President’s Medal of Leadership Award, New York Institute of Technology, 1995; Louis Braille Gold Medal, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 2002; Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 2004; Time Man of the Year 2005, with Bono and Melinda Gates;  Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican government, 2006.

Along with his wife Melinda, Gates received the Padma Bhushan, in 2015; the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2016; France’s highest national award – the Legion of Honour (2017) for their philanthropic efforts.
Creative style: His secret of success and individual creative style: technological innovation, keen and shrewd business strategy, aggressive competitive tactics, fierce competitiveness, and creative corporate leadership. He is a charismatic leader, willing to take risks and an intense businessman who worked 16 hours a day.
Major works: The Road Ahead (1995), Business @ the Speed of Thought (1999), How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (2021), and How to Prevent the Next Pandemic (2022).

Career and personal life:

Origin: Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates, of English, German, and Scotch-Irish descent. His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother was a schoolteacher and served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and United Way International. The Gates family atmosphere was warm and close, and he and two of his sisters were encouraged to be competitive and strive for excellence.
Education: At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. In 1973 he graduated from Lakeside School and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn. In 1973, Bill Gates became a student at Harvard University, originally thinking of a career in law. There he met Steve Ballmer (Microsoft’s chief executive officer). Gates soon left Harvard and formed one of the most successful companies in the world – Microsoft.

Career highlights:

Gates began to show an early interest in software and began programming computers at the age of thirteen.
Gates wrote the school’s computer program to schedule students in classes. It was at Lakeside School where Bill met Paul Allen, who was two years his senior. The two became fast friends, bonding on their common enthusiasm for computers, even though they were very different.
In 1970, at the age of 15, Bill Gates went into business with his pal, Paul Allen.
At age 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, a computer program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle. In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gates was only 23 when he placed himself as the head of Microsoft, which grossed $2.5 million in 1978.
In the middle of 1981 Gates and Allen incorporated Microsoft, and Gates was appointed president and chairman of the board. Allen was named executive vice president.  In 1989 he founded Corbis, a digital imaging company.
In 2004, he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway, an investment company.
Bill Gates stepped down from the day-to-day operations of Microsoft in 2000, turning over the job of CEO to college friend Steve Ballmer.
Gates’s last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He finally stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014 and assumed a new post as a technology adviser. The new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella is now the most powerful Indian-born tech executive in the world.
Bill Gates’s Titles are
Technology Advisor of Microsoft, CEO of Cascade Investment, Chairman of Corbis, Chairman of the TerraPower.
He also is Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Now he devoted more time to charity work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Personal life:  

In 1989, Bill Gates 37 met a 28-year-old Microsoft executive named Melinda French. In time, their relationship grew as they discovered an intimate and intellectual connection. On January 1, 1994, Melinda and Bill were married in Hawaii. The couple has three children: daughters Jennifer Katharine (b. 1996) and Phoebe Adele (b. 2002) and son Rory John (b. 1999).
On May 3, 2021, the Gateses announced they had decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage and 34 years as a couple. They said they would keep working together on charitable efforts.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
With the influence of his wife Melinda, Gates took an interest in filling his mother’s role as a civic leader.
In 1994 he founded the William H. Gates Foundation (focusing on health issues in developing countries) and in 1997 established the Gates Library Foundation, later renamed the Gates Learning Foundation. In 2000, the couple combined several family foundations to form the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They started out by making a $28 billion contribution to set up the foundation.
On June 2010 Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett started the Giving Pledge campaign. They are asking hundreds of rich Americans to pledge at least half their net worth to charity. At present, there are 403 billionaires living in the US, according to Forbes.

:  He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or “Trey” because his father had dropped his own “III” suffix. When Gates graduated from Lakeside, with a score of 1590 out of 1600 on the college SAT test, a feat of intellectual achievement that for several years he boasted about when introducing himself to new people.
Gates attended Harvard as an undergraduate and received an honorary degree from the University On June 7 2007, when he delivered the Commencement Day address.
IBM wanted to buy the source code, which would have given them information about the operating system. Gates refused, instead proposing that IBM pay a licensing fee for copies of the software sold with their computers.
His verbally combative management style challenged employees and their ideas to keep the creative process going. He could interrupt presentations with such comments as, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!” and, “Why don’t you join the Peace Corps?”
Gates’s first computer program ever was a tic-tac-toe game.
He paid $30.1 million at an auction in 1994 for the Codex Leicester, a collection of writing by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Gates is an avid reader. He is a Porsche collector. He owns a Porsche 911 Carrera valued at $149,720.00. His favourite bands are Weezer and U2. He enjoys playing golf and bridge.