The Life and Career of Bill Gates

One of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution, Bill Gates is a person familiar to us all. Most people grew up using his innovations that introduced modern man to the digital age, such as computer software and operating systems. As the current chairman, co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft, Gates has indirectly touched the lives of many people all over the world.

But before we look into his career, let us first look back on how Gates was raised. He was born William Henry Gates III in October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. His father was a prominent lawyer, while his mother was a member of the board of directors First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Being raised in an upper middleclass setting gave Gates all the necessary resources he needed to hone his naturally brilliant mind.

Bill Gates

photo credit: Tristan Nitot

Gates took an interest in software programming at the young age of 13. That was during the late 1960s, when the concept of personal computers had yet to become a reality. Gates, however, was a few years away from making this possible.

Right before graduating from Harvard in 1975, Gates decided to leave school to form the company that ultimately changed his life and the world forever. The personal computer market has finally emerged, and Gates saw an opportunity to become part of it. Together with Allen, Gates developed a computer operating system. They sold their software through killer business deals; one of their very first clients was IBM. Eight years after its inception, Microsoft Corporation formally announced Microsoft Windows, the future of operating system.

Gates’ career skyrocketed after that. Today, he is Forbes’ second richest billionaire in America, behind his friend Warren Buffet. He works like no other, taking advantage of the latest innovations in digital work style to increase productivity. Despite his wealth and obviously successful career, Gates remains grounded and ever-supportive to various humanitarian causes.

A business magnate, entrepreneur, investor, innovator and philanthropist, Bill Gates is one of the most noteworthy people across various industries.

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