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Biography of Bill Gates – William Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, writer, and former CEO who is now chairman of Microsoft, the software company he co-founded with Paul Allen. He was ranked first among the richest people in the world and ranked first from 1995 to 2009, but unfortunately in 2008 he had to drop to number three.
Gates was one of the world’s most popular entrepreneurs of the computer revolution. Nevertheless, his business tactics were criticized for being considered anti-competitive. In the latter stages of his career, Gates made several philanthropic struggles by donating large sums of funds to several charitable organizations and scientific research events through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation founded in 2000.
Gates resigned from his position as Microsoft’s top executive officer in January 2000. He remained chairman and formed the post of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be working part-time at Microsoft and full-time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He lavished all his work on Ray Ozzie, the chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s top research and tactics officer. Gates’ most recent full-time working day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. Currently, he continues to work at Microsoft as a non-executive chairman.
Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. He has English, German, Scottish, and Irish blood. His family belonged to the upper middle class; his father was a prominent advocate, his mother served as a member of the board of directors of First Interstate BancSystem as well as United Way, as well as his father, J. W. Maxwell, who was president of the national bank. Gates had an eldest brother named Kristianne and a youngest brother named Libby. He was the fourth descendant of his family, but was known as William Gates III aka “Trey” because his father bore the sing “II”.
Gates has been interested in computers since he was a young man. His introduction to computers occurred when he was 13 years old. At the time, mothers club at her school, Lakeside School, purchased a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal as well as various General Electric (GE) computers for students. Looking at the computer, Gates became interested and began studying it. He was interested in the performance of the machine executing the software code appropriately and wrote his first computer event here using the BASIC programming language. As he recalled those days, he said, “There was something fitting with the machine.”
From there, he delved into other systems, including the DEC PDP minicomputer system, especially the PDP-10 owned by Computer Center Corporation (CCC). The use of pdp-10 computers is time-limited. Gates and his friends, such as Paul Allen, Ric Welland, and Kent Evans, decided to exploit a bug in the operating system to get extra time using the computer. But they were caught by hand and eventually banned by the CCC from accessing the system while the heat was hot.
Towards the end of the sentencing period, all four were instead offered to find another bug in the CCC software in exchange for extra time for computer use. It was in the CCC’s office that Gates delved into the source code of several programs, including events written in FORTRAN and LISP. He and his friend worked there until 1970 when the CCC closed because it was bankrupt.