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Bill Gates

Most Successful Entrepreneur Of 20th Century
It was a risk that’s paid off Immensely!!
About Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and
chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. He is consistently ranked among the
world's wealthiest people. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software
architect. He has also authored or co-authored several books.
Early Days
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 the United Way.
Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby. He was the fourth of his name in his
family. Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him.
 He was enrolled at Lakeside school in 13.
 His school has purchased a computer terminal and a block of time of computers of General Electric.
 Gates started taking interest in programming.
He wrote his first computer program on Tic-Tac-Toe. Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always
execute software code perfectly. When he reflected back on that moment, he commented on it and said, "There was
just something neat about the machine."
Notorious Computer Geek
Since programming was in his blood, he along with his four friends were banned by Computer Center Corporation for
exploiting bugs in the system so that they can get more time with computers. After the ban for students were
offered to work in CCC. Later they were hired by Information Sciences Inc. to write a program in COBOL.

A Genius
The Company soon realized his capabilities of programming, he was offered to write school's computer program to
schedule students in classes. He deliberately modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female
students. He later stated that “It was hard to tear myself away from a machine at which I could so unambiguously
demonstrate success.”
College Pals
Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973. He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT and enrolled at Harvard
College in the autumn of 1973. While at Harvard, he met Steve Ballmer, who later succeeded Gates as CEO of
Microsoft. He did not have a definite study plan while a student at Harvard and spent a lot of time using the school's

but the image is that they all come from the top. because he believed that other hardware vendors would clone IBM's system . As the time progressed. Keys to Gates Success  Stick to your vision  Develop an A-team  Think Long Term  Make a strong recovery  Never Stop Learning Team Work!!! At Microsoft. the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico. and had their first office located in Albuquerque.Soon after developing the emulator of Altair 8800 and when Gates drop out the college. Emerging Of Windows Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November 20.” Entrepreneurial Traits Gates Believe in:  Taking personal responsibility  Setting high benchmarks  Rewarding skilled professionals  Asserting his authority on major decisions Achievements  Inspiring the ERA of Home Computer  Commercializing the OS  Launching Windows 95  Becoming the Richest Man of World  Giving his money away. “That way you can be certain to learn something you didn’t know previously. 1985 and made an agreement with IBM PC’s. “I’m afraid that’s not quite right. the hyphen was dropped.” Never Stop Learning!!! Every now and then I like to pick up a copy of Time magazine and read every article from beginning to end. Microsoft developed a pool of Software Engineers and released different versions of widows till date. there are lots of brilliant ideas. they bind into a partnership and name their firm as Micro-soft. Within a year. not just the articles that interest me most. A Witty Decision Gates did not offer to transfer the copyright on the operating system.” says Gates.” says Gates. and on November 26. . and the sales of MS-DOS made Microsoft a major player in the industry. They did. 1976.

 It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure  Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning ~Bill Gates .