Bill Gates … [102], The foundation is organized into five program areas: Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. [46][47] His solution was formalized and published in collaboration with Harvard computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou. [70] When subordinates appeared to be procrastinating, he was known to remark sarcastically, "I'll do it over the weekend. William Henry III was born on 28 th October 1955, Seattle, Washington. [169] He also enjoys playing bridge, tennis, and golf. He also berated them for perceived holes in their business strategies or proposals that placed the company's long-term interests at risk. "[71] The target of his outburst would then have to defend the proposal in detail until Gates was fully convinced. [184] Gates has several investments outside Microsoft, which in 2006 paid him a salary of US$616,667 and US$350,000 bonus totalling US$966,667. [106] Although the foundation announced a review of its investments to assess social responsibility,[107] it was subsequently canceled and upheld its policy of investing for maximum return, while using voting rights to influence company practices. In the early days, Bill Gates would review every line of code. He divided his responsibilities between two successors when he placed Ray Ozzie in charge of management and Craig Mundie in charge of long-term product strategy.[77]. Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates is a 2019 three-part documentary web television series created and directed by Davis Guggenheim.The series's premise explores the mind and motivations of Bill Gates, a former CEO of Microsoft and founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, together with his wife.. Bill Gates adalah seorang keturunan bangsa Inggris, Jerman, dan Irlandia. He headed the rating of the wealthiest people in the world 18 times. As an American citizen, he cannot be called "Sir Bill Gates", but can use the letters "KBE" after his name. [16] As of November 2020[update], Gates had an estimated net worth of US$113.7 billion, making him the third-wealthiest person in the world, behind Bezos and Elon Musk. [56], IBM, the leading supplier of computer equipment to commercial enterprises at the time, approached Microsoft in July 1980 concerning software for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC. He stated that it was within their skill set of being the dominant player, but partially blames the antitrust litigation during the time. The four students formed the Lakeside Programmers Club to make money. [116], Since 2005, Gates and his foundation have taken an interest in solving global sanitation problems. That is a competitor". In 2009, property taxes on the mansion were reported to be US$1.063 million, on a total assessed value of US$147.5 million. [57], Gates oversaw Microsoft's company restructuring on June 25, 1981, which re-incorporated the company in Washington state and made Gates the president and chairman of the board, with Paul Allen as vice president and vice chairman. The sales of MS-DOS (the version of DOS sold to customers other than IBM) made Microsoft a major player in the industry. Biography: Where did Bill Gates grow up? [94][95] The foundation allows benefactors to access information that shows how its money is being spent, unlike other major charitable organizations such as the Wellcome Trust. Bill Gates lahir dari seorang ayah yang bekerja sebagai pengacara perusahaan dan ibunya menjabat sebagai anggota dewan direktur di First Interstate BancSystems dan United Way. Gates purchased the Codex Leicester, a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci, for US$30.8 million at an auction in 1994. [54] They dropped the hyphen within a year and officially registered the trade name "Microsoft" with the Secretary of the State of New Mexico on November 26, 1976. Bill Gates’s father William was very good lawyer and his mother served herself as a board of directors in First Interstate Banc System & the United Way. He had studied the game until he solved it. [22] His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way of America. Gates also identified innovation as the "real driver of progress" and pronounced that "America's way better today than it's ever been."[83]. We can't forget that another pandemic will come and we'll need to invest in being ready in that, ......while not forgetting that we were not prepared and we're going to have to invest - just like having a fire department - some money in an intelligent way and actually simulate what might happen and make sure that we're ready for it. William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. Bill Gates duduk sebagai orang terkaya yang menempati peringkat pertama di tahun 1995 – 2009. 7. Gates’s company has changed the world, but he’s a controversial figure, with his ruthless business leadership contributing to Microsoft being sued by the US government. In 1986, Gates took Microsoft public. [165] The 66,000-square-foot (6,100 m2) estate has a 60-foot (18 m) swimming pool with an underwater music system, as well as a 2,500-square-foot (230 m2) gym and a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) dining room. [127] Another initiative was Breakthrough Energy, a group of investors who agreed to fund high-risk startups in clean energy technologies. Gates left Harvard after two years while Ballmer stayed and graduated magna cum laude. But the mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there's no scientific explanation of how it came about. Can you power a house with a ShakeWeight? 2. His father was named William H. Gates II, but he is now generally known as William H. Gates, Senior to avoid confusion with his son. It was the prestige brought to Microsoft by IBM's adoption of their operating system that would be the origin of Microsoft's transformation from a small business to the leading software company in the world. [175] In March 2010, Gates was the second wealthiest person behind Carlos Slim, but regained the top position in 2013, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires List. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Gates co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico; it went on to become the world's largest personal computer software company. Gates highest net worth was $136 billion dollar in 2000. Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. Bill Gates as a child was very competitive, curious, and ... George Takei Says True Star Trek Fans Must Get The Covid-19 Vaccine, Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to move to Texas from California, Patrick Quinn Dies: Co-Founder Of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Was 37, Most Excellent American Knights and Dames. I've paid over $6 billion in taxes. Bill Gates Childhood Story: William Henry Gates III was born on the 28th day of October 1955 in Seattle, Washington. [44][45], Gates devised an algorithm for pancake sorting as a solution to one of a series of unsolved problems[46] presented in a combinatorics class by professor Harry Lewis. Gates approved of many decisions that led to antitrust litigation over Microsoft's business practices. Between 2009 and 2014, his wealth doubled from US$40 billion to more than US$82 billion. William Henry III was born to attorney, William Henry II and teacher, Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington, USA. [198], Gates made a guest appearance as himself on the Emmy Award winning TV show, The Big Bang Theory. [130], Gates married Melinda French on a golf course on the Hawaiian island of Lanai on January 1, 1994. I was officially on leave."[52]. The MIT researchers have been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Cancer Institute. Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1976 when he formed a contract with MITS (Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems) to develop a basic operating system for their new microcomputers. He wrote his first computer program on this machine, an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. As the company grew he transitioned into a manager role, then an executive. [172] Despite his wealth and extensive business travel, Gates flew coach in commercial aircraft until 1997, when he bought a private jet. The 2000 film starring Denzel Washington tells the true story of a newly integrated Virginia high school football team in 1971. It is not accidental that at s… [4][a] Gates led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, but he remained chairman and became chief software architect. In 2000, Gates and his wife combined three family foundations and Gates donated stock valued at $5 billion to create the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was identified by the Funds for NGOs company in 2013, as the world's wealthiest charitable foundation, with assets reportedly valued at more than $34.6 billion. The Daily Social Distancing Show/Bill Gates, 2020 Samuel J. 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Clinton Foundation, Bill Gates: How State Budgets are Breaking US Schools. [93], On March 13, 2020, Microsoft announced Gates would be leaving his board positions at Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft to dedicate his efforts in philanthropic endeavors such as climate change, global health and development, and education. Rather than use the system remotely via Teletype, Gates went to CCC's offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including Fortran, Lisp, and machine language. [11] In March 2020, Gates left his board positions at Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway to focus on his philanthropic endeavors including climate change, global health and development, and education. [12], Gates studied the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, and donated some of his Microsoft stock in 1994 to create the "William H. Gates Foundation." [26] When he was young, his family regularly attended a church of the Congregational Christian Churches, a Protestant Reformed denomination. Gates has expressed concern about the potential harms of superintelligence; in a Reddit "ask me anything", he stated that: First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. "[182] He is a proponent of higher taxes, particularly for the rich. Prepared By.... Vijay Goti 15BME042 Institute of Technology Nirma University Biography of Bill Gates. [55] This letter was unpopular with many computer hobbyists, but Gates persisted in his belief that software developers should be able to demand payment. The pendulum frequently shifts to either Gates or Bezos being the richest person in the world. He married Melinda French in 1994 and they have three children. [21] His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish/Scots-Irish. Biography of Bill Gates. Bill Gates was born as William Henry “Bill” Gates III on October 28, 1955, Son of William H. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. In 1999, his wealth briefly surpassed US$101 billion. 1 VIDEO | 13 IMAGES Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. [73] Jerry Pournelle wrote in 1985 when Gates announced Microsoft Excel: "Bill Gates likes the program, not because it's going to make him a lot of money (although I'm sure it will do that), but because it's a neat hack. Towards the end of their junior year, Evans was killed in a mountain climbing accident, which Gates has described as one of the saddest days of his life. [24] At the end of the ban, they offered to find bugs in CCC's software in exchange for extra computer time. Their opponents were Jack Sock, one of the top American players and a grand slam winner in doubles, and Savannah Guthrie, a co-anchor for NBC's Today show. This new technology uses nano-crystal dyes called quantum microdots. [122] On August 25, 2018, Gates distributed $600,000 through his foundation via UNICEF which is helping flood affected victims in Kerala, India. The event was in support of Roger Federer Foundation's charity efforts in Africa. "Microsoft founder Bill Gates has Yorkshire roots", Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems, European Union Microsoft competition case, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, Harvard John A. 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Microsoft employed Paterson to adapt the operating system for the PC[60] and delivered it to IBM as PC DOS for a one-time fee of $50,000. [3] He is the son of William H. Gates Sr.[c] (1925–2020) and Mary Maxwell Gates (1929–1994). [13][14] From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world all but four of those years. Gates had not offered to transfer the copyright on the operating system to IBM because he believed that other personal computer makers would clone IBM's PC hardware. The Data Miner/The Shooting/The Price of Admission, Make-A-Wish/The Health Wagon/The Giving Pledge, War and Hunger/Ted Talks/Back to the Wild, A Crime Against Humanity/TED Talks/Hoop Dreams, The Giving Pledge/Rescue/The Greatest Show on Earth, Me ollaan sankareita kaikki - lamasta uuteen nousuun, Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years. Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Gates was the world's highest-earning billionaire in 2013, as his net worth increased by US$15.8 billion to US$78.5 billion. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft's Altair BASIC was popular with computer hobbyists, but Gates discovered that a pre-market copy had leaked out and was being widely copied and distributed. PC Magazine asked if Gates was "the man behind the machine?". What would you do with 100 billion dollars? [24], At 17, Gates formed a venture with Allen called Traf-O-Data to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor. He pursued his passion through college. Gates considers climate change and global access to energy to be critical, interrelated issues. France in the United States / Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. 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Gates has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio with stake in various sectors[188] and has participated in several entrepreneurial ventures beyond Microsoft, including: Gates was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs on January 31, 2016, in which he talked about his relationships with his father and Steve Jobs, meeting Melinda Ann French, the start of Microsoft and some of his habits (for example reading The Economist "from cover to cover every week"). "Did I fence with Boies? [57] IBM first proposed that Microsoft write the BASIC interpreter. [30], At 13, he enrolled in the private Lakeside prep school,[31][32] where he wrote his first software program. U.S. Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. The demonstration was held at MITS's offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico; it was a success and resulted in a deal with MITS to distribute the interpreter as Altair BASIC. Kvůli němu si chytří lidé myslí, že nemohou prohrát. [183], Gates has held the top spot on the list of The World's Billionaires for 18 out of the past 23 years. The first employee Gates and Allen hired was their high school collaborator Ric Weiland. He was the middle child of William H. Gates II, a prominent Seattle lawyer, and Mary Gates, who worked as a teacher before she had kids. Bill Gates biography Bill Gates (full name William Henry Gates) is an entrepreneur and founder of Microsoft, the creator of the revolutionary MS-DOS operating system. Leading the Way/Emilia Clarke/A Closer Look/Who's the Boss? 1. Global energy transitions have historically taken decades. The Money Programme's Fiona Bruce gains exclusive access to Bill Gates as he prepares to step down from full-time involvement with Microsoft, the company he helped found. Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. [40] He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. [185] In 1989, he founded Corbis, a digital imaging company. Bill Gates and MIT unveil quantum dot technology to mark children’s skin so they can be scanned for vaccine compliance and anything else to be determined later. Ask me anything. Der Zucker-Code: Geheimwaffe gegen Krebs und Malaria? William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. [118][119] In early 2015, he also appeared with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and challenged him to see if he could taste the difference between this reclaimed water or bottled water. He has urged governments and the private sector to invest in research and development to make clean, reliable energy cheaper. [9] He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie. The big break for Microsoft came in 1980 when IBM approached them for a … [200], This article is about the co-founder of Microsoft. William Henry “Bill” Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington in a fairly wealthy family of William Henry “Bill” Gates, Sr. – a successful attorney and Mary Maxwell Gates – a former school teacher, who later became a member of the Board of Directors of the First Interstate Bank.Being a child, Bill Gates already possessed a prospective businessman talent, especially in mathematics. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were very good friends, Gates gave $150 million to help the struggling apple company in 1997. : A Forum with Bill Gates, Biru Geitsu: Nihon no wakamonotachi e no messêji. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. He has not officially been on a development team since working on the TRS-80 Model 100,[75] but he wrote code that shipped with the company's products as late as 1989. [67], Gates met regularly with Microsoft's senior managers and program managers, and the managers described him as being verbally combative. William Henry III was born to attorney, William Henry II and teacher, Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington, USA. [186], In 2016, he revealed that he is color-blind.[187]. În timpul carierei sale la Microsoft, a fost cel mai important deținător de acțiuni al companiei până în 2014. [68][69] He interrupted presentations with such comments as "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard"[70] and "why don't you just give up your options and join the Peace Corps? While Microsoft had previously given financial support to the institution, this was the first personal donation received from Gates. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, with an amazing and supportive family who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age. "Spoluzakladatel Microsoftu a jeden z nejbohatších lidí na světě Bill Gates svým celým jménem William Henry Gates III se narodil 28. října 1955 v Seattlu.Jeho otec William… 6. William Henry Gates al III-lea (n. 28 octombrie 1955, Seattle, Comitatul King, Washington, SUA), cunoscut mai ales ca Bill Gates, este co-fondator (împreună cu Paul Allen) al Microsoft Corporation.Este pe locul 2 în topul celor mai bogați oameni din lume.