Bill Gates, a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist and now, most importantly an entrepreneur defined the term success in a way never seen before. Bill Gates dared to dream and he
|Date of Birth||October 28, 1955 (age 61), Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Parents||William H. Gates Sr.,Mary Maxwell Gates|
|Siblings||Libby Gates, Kristi Gates|
|Education||Harvard College (1973–1975), Lakeside School (1967–1973)|
|Spouse||Melinda Gates (m. 1994)|
|Childern||Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates|
|Net worth||82.3 Billion USD (2016)|
broke boundaries like none other. He is the reason why today at 21.31 hours I’m able to write this short biography dedicated to his genius and why you, dear reader is able to read it and wonder at every little bit of information that constitutes this tech goliath.
Childhood of Bill Gates
Bill Gates was born William Henry Gates III on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. Gates began to show an interest in computer programming when he enrolled at the age of 13 in 1967 at the Lakeside School, where he first used a computer. His future business collaborator and senior at Lakeside was Paul Allen, with whom Gates teamed up to form a venture called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor. He graduated from high school in 1973. He was a National Merit Scholar.
He grew up in Seattle, Washington, with an amazing and supportive family who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age. Bill grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His dad, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney and one of the co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.
Early Life & Education of a Richest Person
Bill entered Harvard University in 1973. He dropped out of college to start Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. In 1975, he started Micro-Soft with Paul in Albuquerque,NM.
In 1976 they changed the name to Microsoft. Microsoft soon moved to Washington State in 1979. When Bill and Paul Allen started Microsoft, their vision of “a computer on every desktop and in every home” seemed farfetched to most people.
Career Growth & Milestones
He had a whirlwind of a career as only a few years later in 1985, the first operating system, Windows 1.0 was launched. But Windows 1.0 was not released until November. It was to compete with Apple‘s operating system, but achieved little popularity. And so soon after in 1995, Windows 95 was launched which revolutionized the very concept of an user friendly OS. And soon after in 2001, the world’s first exclusive gaming portal the Xbox came to markets.
He wrote a book called, The Road Ahead, together with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson. Published in November 1995, The Road Ahead summarized the implications of the personal computing revolution.
Business @ the Speed of Thought  is another book by him and Collins Hemingway, which was published in 1999. It discusses how business and technology are integrated, and explains how digital infrastructures and information networks can help someone get an edge on the competition.
Achievements & Awards of Bill Gates
In 2002, Bill and Melinda Gates received the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. Gates received the Bower Award for Business Leadership from The Franklin Institute in 2010 in recognition of his achievements at Microsoft and his philanthropic work.
Bill and Melinda Gates jointly received India’s third highest civilian honor,Padma Bhushan in 2015 for their foundation’s philanthropic activities in India.
Personal & Family Life
Bill Gates met Melinda French, a young woman working at Microsoft, in 1989. The couple grew close over a period of time and got married in 1994. They have three children. Today, Bill and Melinda Gates co-chair the charitable foundation bearing their names and are working together to give their wealth back to society.
Bill 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.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.