Born In: Seattle, Washington, United States
Bill Gates is an American business magnate and computer programmer who is the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company. Since the company’s formation in 1975, Gates has held several positions including those of the chairman, CEO and chief software architect. One of the most famous entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution, he has been consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people starting from 1987. Born as the son of a successful lawyer, Bill Gates was encouraged from a young age to be competitive. Bright and curious, he developed an interest in computers while in school and wrote his first computer program as a young teenager. After completing his schooling, he enrolled at the prestigious Harvard College though he did not stay there long enough to complete his studies. He dropped out to pursue his passion in computers and teamed up with Paul Allen, a former schoolmate, to form Microsoft. The company proved to be highly successful and within years Gates became an internationally known entrepreneur. Among the wealthiest persons in the world, Bill Gates is a renowned philanthropist and along with his ex-wife, he has created the charity organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also authored and co-authored several books.. He has also authored and co-authored several books.
Also Known As: William Henry Gates III
Spouse/Ex-: Melinda Gates (m. 1994; div. 2021)
father: William H. Gates Sr.
mother: Mary Maxwell Gates
siblings: Kristi Gates, Libby Gates
Born Country: United States
Height: 1.77 m
City: Seattle, Washington
U.S. State: Washington
Ancestry: German American, British American
Notable Alumni: Lakeside School
Founder/Co-Founder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Corbis, bgC3, Cascade Investment, Microsoft Research, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
education: Lakeside School
awards: 1992 - National Medal of Technology and Innovation
2013 - Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award
2013 - Bambi - Millennium Award
2010 - Silver Buffalo Award
1997 - Satellite Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Entertainment New Media
1994 - Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society
Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science
2010 - Bower Award for Business Leadership
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: Rory John Gates, Jennifer Katharine Gates, Phoebe Adele Gates. Bill and Melinda divorced in 2021 after 27 years of marriage.
Along with his then-wife, Melinda, Bill Gates formed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF or the Gates Foundation) in 2000. It is the largest private foundation in the world and aims to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty worldwide.
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