Meet- Bill Gates

Bill Henry Gates III was born October 28 1955 in Seattle Washington. He was born an only child to Mary and William gates who never could have dreamed that their son would one of the most successful businessmen ever born, being the richest person on the “Forbes list of richest people” for fourteen years spanning from 1995- 2007 then again in 2008. In 1999 he became the world first centibillionaire when his wealth briefly surpassed $101 billion. With his fortune he has started an organization with his wife Melinda Gates called the “Bill and Melinda Gates foundation” that has donated over 30 billion dollars in grants. The company donates around 3 billion dollars every year, they give to anyone who can convince them they need the money; you apply for a grant and they will give you one, they have given to tonnes of causes in the US from Agricultural Development to water, sanitation and hygiene.

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Bill was born into a upper-middle class family, he developed an early interest in computers, the were some funds at “Lakeside School” where he was enrolled so they purchased one of the first computers a “Teletype Model 33” witch him and a few other students became engrossed in technology as it advanced he actually was banned along with four peers by the company because they were hacking into the system and exploiting bugs and glitches to be able to use the computer for free. After the ban the group of students were actually hired to find bugs for the company. This was the starting block for his career in technology he went on to write code for the school and was later penalized   for altering the software to put himself in classes with “a disproportionate number of interesting girls.” He later went on to say “it was hard to tear myself away from a machine at which I could so unambiguously demonstrate success.”

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Gates went on to study at Harvard university after graduation but dropped out and started what would go on to be one of the most revolutionary companies the world has ever seen, He started the company with his friend from Lakeside School; Paul Alan, the co-founder of Microsoft. The goings were very slow for the first 5 years from 1975 to 1980 the main achievement was copyrighting the name Microsoft, During the first 5 years of the company Gates returned to Harvard to complete his studies and still managed to read over every line of code any Microsoft employee ever wrote. In 1980 Microsoft made its first big step and struck a deal with IBM to create an operating system (OS) and sold the rights to the system to IBM for $50,000 and used it to leapfrog its way to releasing the very first windows OS to the public. Windows 1.0 contended with Apple but was not nearly as popular but as Windows 2.0 and 3.0 and finally 3.1 were realized the company was rapidly growing, then in 1995 Windows 95 was realised being the most competitive operating system Microsoft had ever released and they just kept going from there, they went on to reshape the world of personal and corporate computers forever.

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When it comes to my similarity’s with Bill Gates we are both white, males that were born into upper middle class families. We both devolved interests in technology and business from an early age, him using computers when he was 13 when they first came out and me playing Mr. Potato head games and go fish online when I was 5, though I have never gotten into coding and don’t really know the first thing about it that would be something I would be interested in and could possibly even transition into my in-depth. Being the same age Bill was when he started coding I feel I could be taking a very similar path with my electives being Business and Information Technology I am getting an insight into the world that Bill Gates is living. Throughout this project I hope to get closer to myself and look at where I want to go with my life, help me get a better insight into possible career paths.

Comments

  1. Hey Connor, great introductory post! Just a question, why is Bill Gates more known than other web designers (besides the fact that he created mircosoft). Other then that, I hope you achieve yours personal goals while doing eminent!

    • I would say the main reason that he is better known would be that he is ridiculously intelligent and innovative. But a big piece of it is luck, if computers and technology in general hadn’t gotten as big as it is today he obviously wouldn’t be nearly as successful.

  2. I look forward to hearing more about you and Bill Gates as this project progresses. I think it’s a pretty decent choice for you, and I have to admit, it’s probably going to be a pretty cool eminent project.
    My one small problem though (And this is really small) is that your format for putting in the photos bothers me. It’s just a preference but I feel like it would look a little nicer if you formatted them differently, so the words of the previous paragraphs aren’t separated.

  3. Why was he so successful? In other words, what did he do to get to the top? Yes, he was using computers when he was 13. There is a lot more to this story. What was it about his attitude and personality that made him the person he is today? You never mention anything about what he is almost more known for today. Philanthropy? This is a great start. Next, start to dig a little deeper, beyond what most of us know about him already. How is your speech coming along? I would love to to see it posted.
    Mulder

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