Bill Gates in June 2015
|Born||William Henry Gates III
October 28, 1955
Seattle, Washington, US
|Residence||Medina, Washington, US|
|Alma mater||Harvard University (dropped out 1975)|
|Known for||Founder and chairman of Microsoft|
|Net worth||US$77.2 billion (February 2016)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic or Agnostic|
|Children||2 daughters, 1 son|
|Parent(s)||William H. Gates, Sr.
Mary Maxwell Gates
Bill Gates was born in Seattle. He is of British and German ancestry. His father was a lawyer. His mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. His parents wanted him to be a lawyer. At the age of 13,Bill went to Lakeside High School.
He was a freshman at Harvard University in 1973. He left Harvard to make software. Bill Gates saw an opportunity to transform the personal computer, which used to be a hard-to-use and expensive device. He saw that computers could be made less expensive and more easy to use. Gates started Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen.
In 2006, Gates announced he was going to quit his job at Microsoft. This was so he could do more charity work with his wife, Melinda. Their charity is called the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates' philanthropy projects have included vaccination of children in sub-Saharan Africa, scholarship programs in the United States, and leadership to help organize other billionaires to redistribute their wealth. He likes to give money and support to human rights, education and technological innovation.
Gates stepped down from his CEO position in Microsoft in 1998 and Steve Ballmer did the job instead. On June 16, 2007, Microsoft said that Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, will come in on a day-to-day schedule to continue working with his charity organization full-time for the years to come. On 2014, Satya Nadella became the new CEO of Microsoft and Bill Gates came back as the Chief Technology Adviser.
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