Bill Gates

Investor, Organization leader

1955 –


Who is Bill Gates?

William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and philanthropist. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.

He is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009—excluding 2008, when he was ranked third; in 2011 he was the wealthiest American and the world's second wealthiest person. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires List, Gates is the world's richest person in 2013, a position that he last held on the list in 2007.

During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock. He has also authored and co-authored several books.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.

Famous Quotes:

  • Microsoft looks at new ideas, they don't evaluate whether the idea will move the industry forward, they ask, 'how will it help us sell more copies of Windows?'
  • It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure
  • I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.
  • Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

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Oct 28, 1955
Also known as
  • William H. Gates III
  • William H Gates
  • Gates, Bill
  • William Henry "Bill" Gates III
  • William Henry III
  • Scottish American
  • United States of America
  • Lakeside School
    ( - 1973)
  • Harvard College
    (1973 - 1975)
  • Chief Software Architect, Microsoft
    (2006 - )
  • Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft
    ( - 2006)
  • President, Microsoft
    (1981 - )
  • Microsoft
    (1975 - )
  • Cascade Investment

on July 23, 2013


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