Bill Gates-Chairman of Microsoft

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At Microsoft, there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right.

–bill gates

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Name William Henry Gates III
birth date  October 28, 1955 (age 56)
birthplace seattle,Washington
occupation enterpreneur,investor,philanthropist
education harvard university dropped out.
current position chairman of Microsoft, CEO of cascade investment
website http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/billg/bio.mspx

biography

bill gates came from a high spirited family of entrepreneurs and lively people.His father William h gates II is a Seattle attorney.His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.

he found keen interest in software and became programming at the early age of 13.
bill gates entered Harvard in 1973 where he met Steve Ballmer who now is chief executive officer of Microsoft.In small age, Bill Gates and Paul Allen ran a small company called Traf-O-Data and sold a computer to the city of Seattle that could count city traffic, and it was a stunning achievement for a teenager.Bill Gates is consistently ranked as the world’s wealthiest person.Apart from this great no’s bill gates is known for his philanthropy.Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

microsoft journey

bill gates and Paul Allen(the childhood friend) were the architects of Microsoft foundation.before graduation bill gates and Paul Allen left Harvard to form Microsoft.microsoft become famous for their operating systems and stunning business deals. Bill Gates talked IBM into letting Microsoft retain the licensing rights to MS-DOS an operating system, that IBM needed for their new personal computer. Gates proceeded to make a fortune from the licensing of MS-DOS.

“MICROSOFT WINDOWS THE NEXT GENERATION OPERATING SYSTEM WAS ANNOUNCED BY MICROSOFT CORPORATION ON NOV 10 1983 IN NEW YORK CITY.”

From Microsoft’s founding in 1975 until 2006, Gates had primary responsibility for the company’s product strategy. He aggressively broadened the company’s range of products, and wherever Microsoft achieved a dominant position he vigorously defended it. He gained a reputation for being distant to others; as early as 1981 an industry executive complained in public that “Gates is notorious for not being reachable by phone and for not returning phone calls.”
As an executive, Gates met regularly with Microsoft’s senior managers and program managers. Firsthand accounts of these meetings describe him as verbally combative, berating managers for perceived holes in their business strategies or proposals that placed the company’s long-term interests at risk. He often interrupted presentations with such comments as, “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!” and, “Why don’t you just give up your options and join the Peace Corps?” The target of his outburst then had to defend the proposal in detail until, hopefully, Gates was fully convinced.When subordinates appeared to be procrastinating, he was known to remark sarcastically, “I’ll do it over the weekend.”

forbes no’s

#5 Powerful People
#1 Forbes 400
#2 Forbes Billionaires
#1 in the United States

personal life

Gates married Melinda French on January 1, 1994. They have two daughters, Jennifer Katharine (1996) and Phoebe Adele (2002), and one son, Rory John (1999). He founded Corbis, a digital imaging company, in 1989. In 2004 he became a director of Berkshire Hathaway, the investment company headed by long-time friend Warren Buffett.[68] In March 2010 Bill Gates was bumped down to the second wealthiest man behind Carlos Slim. among Gates’ private acquisitions is the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci, which Gates bought for $30.8 million at an auction in 1994. Gates is also known as an avid reader, and the ceiling of his large home library is engraved with a quotation from The Great Gatsby. He also enjoys playing bridge, tennis, and golf.

philanthropic causes

“BILL GATES IS KNOWN WORLDWIDE FOR HIS CHARITY”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF; or the Gates Foundation) is the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It is “driven by the interests and passions of the Gates family”. The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Other principal officers include Co-Chair William H. Gates, Sr. and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Raikes. It had an endowment of US$33.5 billion as of December 31, 2009. The scale of the foundation and the way it seeks to apply business techniques to giving makes it one of the leaders in the philanthrocapitalism revolution in global philanthropy, though the foundation itself notes that the philanthropic role has limitations.In 2007, its founders were ranked as the second most generous philanthropists in America.In 2010, its founders had started The Commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century titled as “Transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world”.

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