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Bill Gates

Bill Gates

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William Henry "Bill" Gates
(born October 28, 1955) is an American businessmagnate and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the
world’s largest personal
-computer softwarecompany, which he co-founded withPaul Allen.He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the secondwealthiest person. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO andchief softwarearchitect,and remains the largest individual shareholder; with 6.4 percent of the stock. He has alsoauthored or co-authored several books.Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of thepersonal computer revolution.Gates has
beencriticized for his business tactics,which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion whichhas in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued anumber of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizationsand scientific research programs through theBill & Melinda Gates Foundation,established in 2000.Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairmanand created the position of chief software architect. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would betransitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & MelindaGates Foundation. He gradually transferred his duties toRay Ozzie,chief software architect, andCraig
,chief research and strategy officer. Gate’s last full
-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. Heremains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.
Early Life
Gates was born inSeattle,Washington, toWilliam H. Gates, Sr.andMary Maxwell Gates.His parents are of English,German,and Scots-Irish descent.
 His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystemand theUnited Way.Gates's maternal grandfather was J. W. Maxwell, anational bankpresident. 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 WilliamGates III or "Trey"because his father had the "II" suffix.
 Early on in his life, Gates's parents had a lawcareer in mind for him.
 When Gates was young, his family regularly attendedaCongregationalchurch.
  At 13 he enrolled in theLakeside School,an exclusive preparatory school.
 When he was in the eighthgrade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School'srummage saleto buyaTeletype Model 33 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on aGeneral Electric(GE) computer for  the school's students.
 Gates took an interest in programming the GE system inBASIC,and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine:an implementation of tic-tac-toethat allowed users to play games against the computer. Gates wasfascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly. When he reflectedback on that moment, he said, "There was just something neat about the machine."
  After the MothersClub donation was exhausted, he and other students sought time on systemsincludingDECPDPminicomputers. One of these systems was aPDP-10belonging to Computer Center  Corporation (CCC), which banned four Lakeside students
Gates,Paul Allen,Ric Weiland,and Kent
for the summer after it caught them exploiting bugs in theoperating systemto obtain freecomputer time.
  At the end of the ban, the four students offered to find bugs in CCC's software in exchange for computer time. Rather than use the system via Teletype, Gates went to CCC's offices and studiedsource codefor various programs that ran on the system, including programs inFORTRAN,LISP,andmachine language.  The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business. The followingyear, Information Sciences, Inc. hired the four Lakeside students to write a payroll program inCOBOL, providing them computer time and royalties. After his administrators became aware of his programmingabilities, Gates wrote the school's computer program to schedule students in classes. He modified thecode so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students. He later stated that "it was hard totear myself away from a machine at which I could so unambiguously demonstrate success."
  At age 17,Gates formed a venture with Allen, calledTraf-O-Data,to maketraffic countersbased on theIntel 8008processor .
 In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
 Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on theSAT
 and enrolledatHarvard Collegein the autumn of 1973.
 While at Harvard, he metSteve Ballmer,who later  succeeded Gates as CEO of Microsoft.In his sophomore year, Gates devised an algorithm for pancake sortingas a solution to one of a series of unsolved problems
 presented in acombinatoricsclass byHarry Lewis,one of his professors. Gates's solution held the record as the fastest version for over thirty years;
 its successor is faster by only onepercent.
 His solution was later formalized in a published paper in collaboration with Harvard computer scientistChristos Papadimitriou.
 Gates did not have a definite study plan while a student at Harvard
 and spent a lot of time using theschool's computers. Gates remained in contact with Paul Allen, and he joined him atHoneywellduring thesummer of 1974.
 The following year saw the release of theMITS Altair 8800based on theIntel 8080 CPU,and Gates and Allen saw this as the opportunity to start their own computer softwarecompany.
 Gates dropped out of Harvard at this time.
He had talked this decision over with hisparents, who were supportive of him after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company.
Bill Gates spoke before a group of high school students and gave them his eleven rules of life.
----------Whether you like Bill Gates or not...this is pretty cool. Here's some advice Bill Gates recentlydished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talks abouthow feel-good, politically correct teaching has created a fullgeneration of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the realworld.RULE 1Life is not fair - get used to it.
RULE 2The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish somethingBefore you feel good about yourself.RULE 3You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice presidentWith car phone, until you earn both.RULE 4If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.RULE 5Flipping burger is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burgerFlipping they called it Opportunity.RULE 6If you mess
up, it’s
not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.RULE 7Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way fromPaying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So beforeYou save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet inyour own room.RULE 8Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools theyhave abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the rightanswer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.RULE 9Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interestedin helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.RULE 10Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.RULE 11Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

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