William Henry Gates III
Life Span: October 28th, 1955- Present
Country: United States
Best known for: Sony Corporation
A wealthy upbringing in the field of business.
Bill gates was born on October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington.
His father was a lawyer, and his mother was a member of
the board of directors for the First Interstate Bank.
Bill Gates enrolled in the Lakeside School in Seattle, which
was the most prestigious preperatory school in the area.
Gates found a hobby in programming the school's computer.
After being banned from using the computer for the entire
summer, Gates returned and soon got a job programming the
Gates attended Harvard College but dropped out to pursue
business. In 1975, Gates got a job creating software for
the Altair 8800 microcomputer. Later in the year, Bill Gates
and his life friend Paul Allen created a company with the
name Micro-Soft, which was soon shortened and registered
as Microsoft. In 1980, Gates was employed by IBM, but after
his idea for a processor was rejected, Gates left to pursue
it on his own. MS-DOS was born.
In 1985, Microsoft released their first version of Windows,
a graphical adaptation to MS-DOS. Within the coming years,
Windows became the largest name in personal computers.
Microsoft released multiple versions of Windows, each one
providing drastic improvements and adaptations to the previous
Windows continues to be the largest name in software production
and development. Beating out other processors like Linux,
Unix, and Apple, windows still stands as an unparralled
didn't exactly come from humble origins. The family he was born
into was one of wealth and leisure. His father was a well known
laywer, and his mother sat on the board of directors for the
First Interstate Bank and United Way, of which her father was
the president of. Throughout grade school, Gates excelled in
Math and Science, and when he was thirteen, he enrolled in the
Lakeside School, a very prestigious and selective school in
the Seattle area. While in the school, Gates took interest in
programming the school's computer, and was excused from his
math classes to do so. As time progressed, Gates gained experience
with programming other computers during his allotted time, until
he was banned from using the computer, along with a few of his
friends for the entire summer for exploiting a bug in the system
that allowed him to use more computer time.
his ban was up, Gates made a deal with the CCC company to debug
their software in exchange for free computer time. Eventually,
the company hired Gates and his friends to write a payroll program,
and they were rewarded not only free computer time, but royalties
as well. After scoring 1590 out of a maximum 1600 points on
the SAT exams, Bill Gates enrolled in Harvard College for a
pre-law degree, but unsure of what his intent was in college.
He ended up dropping out without getting a degree.
after learning about the new Altair 8800 microcomputer, Gates
contacted the company that produced them informing them that
he was working on a BASIC interpretor for the platform. In reality,
Gates had no such interpretor, but asked them to guage their
interests. Interested, the company agreed to meet with Gates
for a demo of his interpretor, and over the next few weeks,
he and his friend Paul Allen worked on an emulator of the new
interpretor. At the demo, the company hired them to create the
full version of the interpretor for the company. In 1975, Gates
and Allen named their partnership Micro-Soft, and a year later,
they dropped the hyphen and registered the name "Microsoft".
In 1980, Bill Gates was employed by IBM to create an interpretor
for their new platform. While working for IBM, Gates created
and proposed a new, but similar platform to the IBM called "86-DOS".
After being rejected by the company, Gates took sole ownership
of the processor, and MS-DOS became a major player in the software
industry. In the coming years, Microsoft became a giant in the
computer industry, and eventually the processing software was
the most common and highly sold in the world. In 1985, Microsoft
released the first version of Windows, a graphical output to
the DOS processor. Throughout the next two decades, Windows
became the software giant that it is today.
-Bill Gates was banned from the CCC computer system as a kid for
-IBM turned down Bill Gates proposal for them to use MS-DOS.
-Bill Gates was the richest man in the world for over ten years.