Happy 59th Birthday Bill Gates!

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BILL GATES NEARING THE BIG 60 Bill Gates celebrates his 59th birthday on October 28th, 2014. We all are aware of his major achievements to date in life but there's an awful lot we don't know about the elusive genius too. THE STORY SO FAR 1955 William Henry Gates III is born to Seattle attorney William Henry Gates Il and Mary Gates, a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent and chairwoman of United Way International. Gates is enrolled in the Lakeside School, one of a handful of schools in the US with a computer terminal at the time. He is two years junior to fellow student Paul Allen. Here both students develop a passion for computers and programming. 1968 1973 Gates enters Harvard as a pre-law major. He also takes classes in Mathematics and Economics. Gates and his old school friend Allen call MITS, the maker of the world's first personal computer, and offer to develop software for the MITS Altair. MITS accepts and buys the language for $3,000 plus royalties. During this time, they start to refer to their own venture as He becomes friends with a student living along the hall called Steve Ballmer. 1975 Micro Soft or Micro-Soft. MICROSOFT. WINDOWS. 1976 Gates and Allen register the trademark "Microsoft." Gates sets up Microsoft in Albuquerque, N.M., where MITS is headquartered. 1977 Microsoft's year-end sales exceed $1 million. 1978 Gates agrees to produce the operating system for the personal computer being developed by IBM. Microsoft retains the right to license the operating system (MS-DOS) to other computer 1980 manufacturers. Gates hires his old Harvard friend Steve Ballmer as the company's first business manager. Microsoft's revenues reach $16m. The company employs 128 people. 1981 Allen leaves Microsoft after developing Hodgkin's 1983 disease. Microsoft announces Windows as an extension of its MS-DOS operating system. At age 31, Gates becomes the youngest billionaire ever. 1987 Microsoft Office 1989 Microsoft Office is released. Gates marries Melinda French, a Microsoft employee. 1994 TAIENT OF JUS Forbes declares Gates the richest man in the 1995 world with a fortune of $12.9 billion. Microsoft introduces Internet Explorer to the world, as part of Windows 95. In May, the U.S. Justice Department charges Microsoft with engaging in anticompetitive and exclusionary practices designed to maintain its monopoly in personal computer operating systems and to extend that monopoly to Internet browsing software. 1998 Gates Foundation Gates steps down as CEO of Microsoft. Gates' right-hand man Steve Ballmer takes over, while Gates becomes chief software architect. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2000 is formed – a charitable organisation intended to reduce inequalities in the United States and around the world. Gates announces that his role as an executive at Microsoft will be phased out over the following two years. His intention, he says, is to spend more time working with The Bill & Melinda Gates 2006 Gates retires from day-to-day duties at Microsoft, but stays in the role of chairman and adviser on important development projects. He continues to dedicate the majority of his time to his charity foundation having recently pledged $50 million to fight the Ebola epidemic. 2008 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW J ABOUT BILL GATES Bill Gates was arrested in New Mexico in 1977 for jumping a red light and driving without a licence. 2$ In 1994, he paid $30.1 million at In an interview, Gates admitted that the Control-Alt-Delete log-in on PCs was a "mistake." an auction for the Codex Leichester, a collection of writing by Leonardo Da Vinci. f Gates has been quoted as saying that he believes his wealth would have a "meaningless impact" if invested in the efforts against cancer rather than treating malaria. When asked why he was active on Twitter and not on Facebook, Gates, who is a friend of Mark Zuckerberg, said: "The friend requests got out of hand..." Bill Gates VS Steve Jobs It could be deemed as inappropriate to compare a living genius to one that has passed, but whatever way you look at it, these two exceptional beings were crucial figures in the evolution of technology from the 1980's right up to the 2000's. Certainly, their progression in the field deserves to be tracked. OCTOBER 28, 1955 FEBRUARY 24, 1955 BORN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA PLACE HARVARD COLLEGE (DROPPED OUT EARLY) REED COLLEGE (DROPPED OUT EARLY) COLLEGE Co-Founded Microsoft with Paul Allen Co-Founded Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak KEY Developed Microsoft Windows and grew Microsoft into the world's largest software company ACHIEVEMENTS Created revolutionary technologies such as the iPod and iPhone $72.7 BILLION $10.2 BILLION HIGHEST NET WORTH Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while." "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose." FAMOUS QUOTES "If I think something's a waste of time or inappropriate I don't wait to point it out. I say it right away. It's real time. So you might hear me say 'That's the dumbest idea I have ever heard' many times during a meeting." "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me .. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful . that's what matters to me." "I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next." "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." HIS NET WORTH A FEW FACTS & FIGURES Gates makes on average about $250 per second, $15,000 per minute, and almost $20 million every day. If he was a country, Gates would be the 37th richest country on earth. From 1995 through 2008, Gates was the richest man on earth, before being dethroned momentarily by Warren Buffet. In 2013, he recouped the top position after seeing his fortune increase by US$15.8 billion to US$78.5 billion. Gates has reportedly reserved only about $10 million for each of his children. Through his foundation, Gates has donated over $28 billion, the largest volume of capital ever mainlined to charity. Roaming Technologies REFERENCES ........ ........... ......... ......... ........* *...... 8 ...... ....... 8 ....... ......

Happy 59th Birthday Bill Gates!

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It reveals the things you may not have known about the elusive genius – a timeline of his life to date, some facts and figures on his net worth and also, a look at how his life compares to that of a...


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