In the continuation of biographical articles about people with huge fortunes, I will answer the question that you often write in the comments to articles about rich people and in private messages: who is Bill Gates? The American entrepreneur who founded Microsoft with a fortune of 106,5 billion dollars.
I am sure: each of you saw a photo of this, at first glance, a simple man in glasses who often smiles. And the general picture with Mark Zuckerberg, where the richest people of our time in ordinary gray T-shirts, became mainstream and circled all social networks. What is the talent of Bill Gates and how he managed to put together such capital?
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The Story of Young Bill Gates
Visit the Wikipedia page for this entrepreneur and find out that Bill Gates was born in Seattle. His grandfather worked for a long time as vice president of the National Bank, and perhaps the ability to accumulate and count money from him was transferred along the genetic line. The older sister Christie and the younger Libby grew up in the family, and close guys affectionately called "Trey", which means the prefix "three" in card games.
Reading the biography of Bill Gates, one of the most successful people of our time in Russian, you can find out that he received education in a privileged school. But the craving for programming appeared quite early and is associated with several dates:
- At age 13, Gates writes his first program - a small game that allows you to compete in Tic Tac Toe.
- At an early stage he worked with the Basic language.
- In the 8th grade, he meets Paul Allen, 2 years older than him, and the guys begin to develop computers for Digital Equipment Corporation.
- The first work is related to testing programs and finding bugs.
Bill Gates Parents
The guy's father is a lawyer William Henry Gates II, a well-known corporate lawyer and philanthropist. He greatly influenced the philosophy of his son and his future, as in the story of John Rockefeller. Bill Gates Sr. is still alive, he is 94 years old, and he loves to meet with children and grandchildren, spending active time with them. The mother of the future billionaire Mary Maxwell Gates, now deceased, initially worked as a teacher, and then became a successful businesswoman, becoming the first lady who joined the board of directors of First Interstate Bank and the executive committee of United Way. What Bill Gates does today is the direct merit of his mother. In 1994, an obituary in her honor, which appeared on the NYT pages, said that it was she who helped her son get a position at IBM, as she was closely acquainted with the holding’s executive director John Opole.
The career of a billionaire has always been closely associated with programming. In 1962, Traf-O-Data was founded with friends Paul Alan and Paul Gilbert, which helped in the quick and accurate preparation of protocols for road engineers. In 1972, the young man began to cooperate with TRW. And a year later and after entering Harvard University, work begins on Microsoft’s own company.
Microsoft creation and cheating
The history of the company begins in 1975, when Gates and Allen take up an attempt to write codes for computers. In the beginning it was proposed to name the company as a duet of names, but later on it seemed like a bad idea, since it looked more like a law office. Around the same time, Steve Jobs is working on a computer and software development for him, but success for the "apple brand" will come much later.
A year later, the guys faced the fact that they stopped receiving funds from the sale of MITS. The fact is that a special tape with codes was stolen, which was used for free. Bill Gates turned to computer scientists, accusing them of theft, specifying that such behavior reduces motivation. In order to get acquainted with the history of Microsoft, I propose to look at the important stages of its development.
Microsoft Development History
|date||What's going on|
|Mid 70s||The popularity of the operating system CP / M|
|1977||Release of the new Microsoft FORTRAN software product for computers with CP / M operating system|
|1978||Selecting IBM PC-DOS Operating Systems|
|1980||Microsoft signed a contract with IBM to develop a personal OS|
|20 November 1985 g||The advent of Microsoft Windows|
And, of course, that such a rapid career could not but provoke the appearance of gossip, rumors and speculation. Speaking about why Microsoft is associated with fraud, it is that getting a major contract Gates helped mom, not his knowledge. They also say that Windows was largely spied on by Apple and Xerox. They also recall that it was not possible to present MS-DOS on time, and for more than a year they used the demo version of “DONKEY.BAS”.
The personal life and condition of Bill Gates
Melinda Gates has been a faithful companion to the billionaire since January 1, 1994, although before the wedding they had known each other for 6 years, since the girl worked in the company of a financial genius. The couple lives happily, and they have three children: daughters Jennifer Katarin (24 years old) and Phoebe Adel (18 years old), as well as son Rory John, who is 21 years old. Spouses lead a rather public, but at the same time modest way of life, and, which must be paid tribute to, survived a lot. For example, Bill Gates was arrested three times and the reason is - driving while intoxicated. The wife is engaged in charity work and is fully dedicated to raising children.
Like his father, Bill Gates continues the ideas of charity and is the most famous philanthropist. More than 25 years ago, he bought Codex Leicester, a collection of works by Leonardo da Vinci for $ 31 million that are freely available in his native Seattle. In this direction of his activity wants to be like Charles Feeney. During his career, the entrepreneur gave over $ 30 billion to charity. It’s interesting how much of such embezzlement the president of the Russian Federation compares with how much does Putin earn in a year?
Interesting facts about Bill Gates
The first thing that many note, in the outward, rather simple appearance of Bill Gates, can not be said that he has not just a couple of billion, but more than $ 100 billion in various assets. I offer 10 facts from his biography that will surprise many:
- Since 2005, the billionaire has had the title of Knight-Commander of the Order of the British Empire, as he is actively fighting poverty throughout the world.
- Starting March 14 of this year, the businessman does not head Microsoft. He announced this on his LinkedIn page, leaving only the post of adviser to the board and decided to devote himself entirely to charity.
- In February, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda allotted $ 100 million to the People's Republic of China so that scientists could actively develop a vaccine and stop the coronavirus. And about what are the most dangerous viruses on the planet, you can find out from the material at https://www.iqmonitor.ru/.
- The American Time magazine endowed the couple with People of the Year status 15 years ago.
- According to Forbes reporters, in 2004, Gates donated money to support George W. Bush’s political program in 2004. According to certain data, this amount exceeded $ 33,5 million.
- For almost 5 years, the Breakthrough Energy Coalition fund has been operating, the activity of which is based on the study of renewable energy sources. Its billionaire created and launched along with Mark Zuckerberg.
- According to Forbes, the richest man in the world was displaced in 2018 to the second position in the ranking by Jeff Bezos, whose fortune was estimated at 112 billion dollars, and at Gates $ 90 billion.
- Despite the modesty of the businessman, his house is quite modern with many useful gadgets, 3 pavilions, a garage for 30 parking spaces, which is estimated at over 125 million dollars.
- The main hobby of a billionaire is playing bridge.
- On the shelves of the entrepreneur’s library are quotes from the novel The Great Gatsby.
Many say that Gates is very sociable, and friendly, including with people who are on the same list of the richest. For example, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett not only know how to make money in the American economy, but are partners. For almost 16 years, until March 2020, the businessman was a member of the board of directors of the financial empire Berkshire Hathaway. If you want to know in detail about the projects of the billionaire or study what grants he sponsors, you can do this on the official website www.gatesnotes.com. In addition, for more than 10 years, spouses have been publishing annual messages on the family fund website, but so far only 4 have been released.
It is significant that the wife and children always support the family philosophy of modesty and charity. Bill Gates not only earned billions, but will forever remain in the history of the modern financial world. It is interesting that 2 books came out from under his pen:
- “The Road to the Future” (1995), which presents thoughts on how society will develop in the digital age.
- “Business at the Speed of Thought” (1999), demonstrating how information technologies solve important business problems.
Today it's easy to find out how much Yandex makes, other companies like Google, with which Sergey Brin is closely associated. Along with numbers, conspiracy theories fill the information space. According to one of them, the creator of the coronavirus Bill Gates (that is how he was called by Nikita Mikhalkov) will propose not today or tomorrow to conduct human chipping. And the thing is that the appearance of the virus in the likeness of Covid-19 Bill Gates predicted back in 2015 at the TED conference.
By the way, all guests of the Gates mansion are given a digital pin, which, by the type of chip, remembers preferences, and when the guest reappears on the threshold of the house, the system remembers how to surprise him. As a result, I want to summarize that a person with such an atypical skill, a desire to take risks and develop, a philanthropist is rightly at the top of world success. It remains to wish everyone not only to strive to get the same, but also to read 50 books a year and become the most respected man on the planet according to YouGov.
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