Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2007
Born October 28, 1955 (age 55)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Residence Medina, Washington, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University (dropped out in 1975)
Occupation Chairman of Microsoft
Chairman of Corbis
Co-Chair ofthe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Director of Berkshire Hathaway
CEO of Cascade Investment
Net worth increaseUS$56 billion (2011)
Spouse Melinda Gates (m. 1994–present)
Parents William H. Gates, Sr.
Mary Maxwell Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate,philanthropist, author, and is chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder,with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.
Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is admired by many, a number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the laterstages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
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. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates' last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executivechairman.
1 Early life
2.2 IBM partnership
2.4 Management style
2.5 Antitrust litigation
2.6 Appearance in ads
4 Personal life
9 Further reading
10 External links
Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, to William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates, of English, German, and Scotch-Irish descent. His family was upper middle class; his father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and theUnited Way, and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president. Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby. He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or "Trey" because his father had dropped his own "III" suffix. Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him. When Gates was young, hisfamily regularly attended a Congregational church.
At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 Teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students. Gates...