Bill Gates, the full name of William Henry Gates III born in October 1955 in Seattle (US). He founded Microsoft and brought it one of the top software company in the world. Beside an entrepreneur, he is also a software engineer and philanthropist.
On December 28, 1955, William Henry Gates III, the official name of Bill Gates, was born in Seattle, Washington, on the west coast of the United States. The younger Gates gave him the name “Trey”, which means “three points” in playing cards. His father is a retired attorney and philanthropist named “William Henry Gates (Sr.)”. His late mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, is a director of the University of Washington, a director of the banking system and a member of the International United Way. Way International’s chairman, his grandfather JW Maxwell was the president of the National Bank. Bill grew up with two older sisters.
In 1968, Gates and his classmate Paul Allen used a guidebook to start learning Basic programming. At that time, the school had a PDP-10 computer, and its annual budget for its use was $3,000. In just a few weeks, Gates and Allen spent the budget. Soon after, the two boys signed an agreement with Computer Center Corporation (CCC). The agreement stipulates that Gates and Allen report to the CCC software vulnerabilities in the PDP-10; in return, CCC provides free time to both of them.
In 1971, Gates wrote a program for Lakeside Middle School, which included a schedule scheduling software.
In 1972, Gates sold his first computer programming work, a timetable system, in which his buyer was a high school and the price was $4,200.
In 1973, Gates was admitted to Harvard University where he developed a version of the BASIC programming language for the first microcomputer, MITS Altair.
On February 1, 1975, after a day and night of work, Gates and Allen wrote a program that could run on the Altair 8800. The price sold to MITS was $3,000, but the corresponding royalty was as high as $180,000.
On November 26, 1976, Gates and Allen registered the “Microsoft” trademark. They once considered the company name as “Allen & Gates Inc.”
In January 1977, Gates dropped out of Harvard University and travelled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. There, he found a job for Roberts to write a program with a salary of $10 an hour. MITS is headquartered in Albuquerque, and Gates also has Microsoft headquarters here.
On January 1, 1979, Gates moved Microsoft headquarters to Bellevue, Washington.
On August 28, 1980, Gates signed a contract with IBM to agree to develop an operating system for IBM’s PC. He then purchased a QDOS operating system for $50,000, and after a slight improvement, renamed the product to DOS and then licensed it to IBM.
In 1982, during the first year of its marketing, Gates licensed the MS-DOS operating system to 50 hardware manufacturers.
On November 10, 1983, the Windows operating system debuted. This product is an evolution of the MS-DOS operating system and provides a graphical user interface.
In 1987, at a press conference held by Microsoft in Manhattan, New York City, Gates met Melinda French.
On May 13, 1990, the day was Mother’s Day, and Gates proposed a timetable for Microsoft executives to retire.
In 1994, with the advice of his father, William Gates, Gates took out $94 million to create the William Gates Foundation.
On April 11, 1993, on a charter flight from Seattle to Seattle, Gates proposed to Melinda. Gates also arranged for a short stay in Omaha, Nebraska, with Melinda to go shopping with his friend Warren Buffett.
On January 1, 1994, Gates and Melinda held a wedding, and the wedding was held on the island of Lanai in Hawaii. Gates booked rooms in all the hotels on the island and all the helicopters in the state of Hawaii to prevent outsiders from disturbing their weddings. Guests attending the wedding included Paul Allen and Warren Buffett.
On July 17, 1995, Gates topped the Forbes Global Billionaires list with a personal wealth of $12.9 billion and Gates at the age of 39. Microsoft’s sales revenue was $5.9 billion and the number of employees was 17,801.
In 1999, Gates and his wife renamed the William H. Gates Foundation to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and stated that the foundation’s mission was
On June 27, 2008, Bill Gates officially retired, but still as the chairman of Microsoft to guarantee the operation of the company, and donated $58 billion in personal property to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announced in his will Take out 98% of the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” named after him and his wife. The money is used to research vaccines for AIDS and malaria, and to provide assistance to poor countries in the world.
On July 17, 2017, Forbes’ latest wealth list was released. Bill Gates was the first to win $90 billion. It was also the 18th time that Bill Gates won the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.
On February 28, 2018, Hurun Research Institute released “2018 Hurun Global Rich List”, and Bill Gates slipped to third place.
On March 6, 2018, the Forbes 2018 Rich List was released, and Bill Gates ranked second with $90 billion.
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