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Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft (Picture 1)

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. Father William Henry Gates (Sr.) is a well-known local lawyer. His deceased 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 head of the National Bank. Bill grew up with two older sisters.

In 1973, Gates was admitted to Harvard University, and Gates scored 1590 (out of 1600) in the SAT (American University Entrance Examination) standardized test. Although Gates has a good memory, he has a lot of "smelly faults": he often skips classes, doesn't like to take a bath, and only eats pizza and soda when programming or playing cards. Gates became a close friend with Steve Ballmer of the same dormitory. At Harvard, Gates developed a version of the BASIC programming language for the first microcomputer, MITS Altair.

On November 26, 1976, Gates and Allen registered the "Microsoft" trademark. At the time, Allen was 23 years old and Gates was 21 years old. In January 1977, Gates dropped out of Harvard University and traveled 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. In 1977, when Gates’s secretary entered the Microsoft office building, he often found out that Gates himself was lying on the floor and sleeping. He still likes to eat pizza at this time, and he often argues with his colleagues. What Gates often said at the time was: "This is the most stupid idea I have ever heard of in my life."

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.

On July 17, 1995, Gates topped the "Forbes" global billionaire 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. On July 17, 2017, "Forbes" latest wealth list was released, Bill Gates ranked first for $90 billion, and this is the 18th win of Bill Gates on the "Forbes" list of the world's richest people.

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 is to reduce global inequalities. On June 26, 2006, the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation doubled its size and became the world's largest charitable foundation after receiving more than $30 billion from Buffett.

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 study AIDS and malaria vaccines and provide assistance to poor countries in the world.

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