Bill Gates, Business Leader, Entrepreneur, Philantropist

Microsoft is the result of Gates’ and Allen’s vision of “a computer on every desktop and in every home”. From MS-DOS, Windows and Xbox, to Office, Excel, Encarta, MSN, Skype and SharePoint, Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, has changed the world for both individuals and companies. Gates is passionate about Microsoft’s work and will always be involved with the company, including his present role as a member of the board and technology advisor.

Gates and his wife Melinda started the Gates Foundation in 2000 with a focus on the areas of greatest need and the ways in which to do the most good. From poverty and health to education, the foundation’s areas of concentration offer the opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life for billions of people. Gates has also taken on some projects to address issues that interest him, such as delivering clean energy to everyone who needs it. In all his work, he focuses on what he calls “catalytic philanthropy”.

Bill Gates is one of the world’s most brilliant technologists, business leaders and philanthropists. In August this year, Gates was ranked the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of USD 90 billion. Gates was born in Seattle, Washington in 1955, and grew up there with strong support from his family, who encouraged his early interest in computers. He dropped out of Harvard University to start Microsoft in 1975 with his childhood friend, Paul Allen. Gates is married to Melinda, with whom he started the charitable foundation bearing their names, and has three children.

Gates has also been busy outside Microsoft and the Gates Foundation, founding Corbis, a digital imaging company; controlling Cascade Investments LLC, a private investment and holding company; founding the bgC3 LLC think-tank company; and working on ResearchGate, a social networking site for scientists. He helped launch TerraPower, a company that aims to provide a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy.

His personal blog, gatesnotes is where Gates shares commentaries and information about the people he meets, literature and what he is learning. It offers a refreshing presentation, covering topics including saving lives, energy innovation, improving education and the books he is reading. Business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, author and programmer, Bill Gates continues to inspire.


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