William Henry Bill Gates lll

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Akash Saxena

Ø Born- October 28, 1955( age 55)  Seattle, Washington Ø Residence– United State Ø Alma Mater- Harvard University (Dropped out in 1975 by, honorary degree in 2007) Ø Occupation- Chairman of Microsoft, Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation Ø Net worth- US$ 58 Billion(2008) Ø Spouse- Melinda Gates (1994 -present) Ø Children- Jennifer Katharine Gates(1996), Rory John Gates(1999) and Phoebe Adele Gates(2002)

Best known For
Ø An American business management Ø Philanthropist Ø The word’s third richest person(as on 8 Feb, 2008) Ø Second richest American (as of Oct 10, 2008) Ø Chairman of Microsoft

Before Microsoft
Ø Family and early childhood Ø First computing Experience Ø Roots of business career Ø The birth of Microsoft

Family and early childhood

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, and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president. 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 William Gates III or "Trey" because his father had dropped his own "III" suffix. Early on in his life, Gates' parents had a law career in mind for him.

First computing experience

At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students. Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tictac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. Gates was fascinated by the machine and how it would always execute software code perfectly.

Roots of Business career

Gates joined Harvard in 1973. In Harvard, he meet with his future business partner Steve Ballmer, whom he later appointed as CEO of Microsoft. Gates and Steve spent most of their time on school’s computer. In January 1975 Altair 8800 was released in the market, they add MITS in Altair 8800, and it became very popular in computer hobbyists. After the success of the product they decided to start their own software company. He had talked this decision over with his parents, who were supportive of him after seeing how much Gates wanted to start a company.

Gates and Ballmer

The birth of Microsoft

Gates and Paul Allen work with each other in MITS in Albuquerque. In November 1975 they decided to work in partnership. They named their partnership Micro-soft and had their first office located in Albuquerque. Within a year the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name “Microsoft” was registered with the office of the secretary of the state of new Mexico.

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After reading the issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrate Altair 8800, Gates decided to add Micro instrumentation and telemetry systemin Altair 8800. After that Gates became the creator of the new microprocessor. When the president of MITS ED Roberts saw the invention of the Gates, he wanted to meet with Gates for a demo, and over the course of a weeks they developed an Altair emulator that ran on a minicomputer, and them the BASIC interpreter. And within a year BASIC was popular with computer hobbyist.

MITS Altair 8800 Computer with 8-inch (200 mm) floppy disk system

IBM partnership

In 1980, IBM approached Microsoft to write the basic interpreter for its upcoming personal computer IBM PC. When IBM’s representative mentioned that they needed an operating system, Gates referred them to digital research makers of the widely used CP\M operating system. But they did not reach the license agreement then IBM go back to the Gates and few week after Gates proposed 86-DOS (QDOS), an operating system similar to the CP\M. After the check Gates deliver it to IBM as PC-DOS in exchange for a one time fee of $50,000.


Microsoft launched its first retail version of Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985, and in August, the company struck a deal with IBM to develop a separate operating system called OS/2. on May 16, 1991,Gates declared that the OS/2 partnership was over and Microsoft shift its efforts to the Windows NT Kernel development.

Management style

From Microsoft's founding in 1975 until 2006, Gates had primary responsibility for the company's product strategy. He aggressively broadened the company's range of products, and wherever Microsoft achieved a dominant position he vigorously defended it.

Antitrust law violation

Many decisions that led to antitrust litigation over Microsoft’s business practices have had Gates approval. In the 1998 United State V. Microsoft case, Gates gave deposition testimony that several journalists characterized as evasive. Gates argued with examiner David Boies over the contextual meaning of words like “compete”, “concerned” and “we”.

Bill Gates giving his deposition at Microsoft on August 27, 1998

Appearance in ads

Gates decided in2008, to appear in at least one commercial in a series of ads to promote Microsoft. This commercial, co-staring Jerry Seinfeld, it is a 90-second commercial.

Personal Life
Ø Philanthropy

Ø Recognition

Ø Investment


In 1994 Gates sold some of his Microsoft stock to create the William H. Gates Foundation. In 2000, Gates and his wife combined three family foundations into one to create the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world. The foundation is set up to allow benefactors access to how its money is being spent, unlike other major charitable organizations such as the Welcome Trust. The generosity and extensive philanthropy of David Rockefeller has been

Gates (second from right) with Bono, Queen Rania of Jordan, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, President Yar Adua of Nigeria and other participants in a 'Call to Action on the Millennium Development Goals' during the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

ØTime magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century. ØTime collectively named Gates, his wife Melinda and rock band U2’s lead singer Bono as the 2005 Persons of the Year for their humanitarian efforts. ØIn 2006, Gates was voted eighth in the list of "Heroes of our time". ØIn 1994 Gates named CEO of the year by “Executive officer magazine”. ØIn 1998 Gates ranked number one in the “Top 50 cyber elite” by Times. ØIn 2001 Gates include in The Guardian as one of the “Top influential people in the media”. ØIn 2000 Gates has received Honorary Doctorates by the Nyenrode University, Breukelen, The Netherland.

ØCascade Investments LLC, a private investment and holding company, incorporated in United States, is controlled by Bill Gates, and is headquartered in the city of Kirkland, WA. ØBgC3, a new think-tank company founded by Bill Gates. ØCorbis, a digital image licensing and rights services company.

The Road Ahead
Ø Author- Bill Gates with Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Ryerson Ø Language- English Ø Publisher- Viking Ø Publication date1995 Ø Media type- Hardback + CD-ROM Ø Pages- 286
The Road Ahead

Business @ The Speed of Thought
Ø Author- Bill Gates Ø Published- 1999 Ø About the bookDiscusses how business and technology can be integrated

A Great journey stopped by Gates

In 2006 Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full time work at Microsoft to part time work and full time work at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates last full time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.

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