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William Henry Gates, also known as Bill, has established himself as the richest man in the world. He is the youngest self made billionaire, and perhaps the best businessman in the world. As you read along, you will learn what Bill Gates accomplishments were, what his beliefs were, and why this topic is so important. Bill Gates is important because not only did he change the computer technology in America, he also became the biggest, strongest, richest and the most powerful company in the world.
Bill, was born October 28, 1955, his parents, Mary and Bill Jr., have one other daughter, a daughter, Kristi. His father, Bill Gates Jr. was born in Bremerton, Washington. He was accepted on the University of Washington. After he had taken the education of being a lawyer, he went back to Bremerton and became assistant for the district attorney. His mother, Mary Maxwell, was born in 1929 – Seattle, Washington, grew up between prominent families, in the northeast of the US. She became a teacher. Gates began his career in PC software, programming computers at age 13.
In education, he attended a well-known private school in Seattle, Washington called Lakeside. At Lakeside, he met his future business partner Paul Allen. Bill Gates entered Harvard in 1973. He created the programming language BASIC. Gates attended Harvard University as a freshman. After a few years, Gates and his business partner Paul Allen dropped out of Harvard to begin the Microsoft Corp. in 1975.
Throughout his life, Gates had many experiences with business. Allen and Gates started a small company called Traf-O-Data. They sold a small computer outfitted with their program that could count traffic for the city. Gates also worked as a Congressional Page and at a programming company called ‘TRW’. After all his minor jobs, Gates and Allen founded Microsoft in 1975, the largest computer based company in the world. Gates is the Chief Executive officer and Paul Allen is VP. They are both very wealthy due to this business.
Microsoft’s wealth and power just grew and grew. Microsoft became so rich that could buy out an entire years production of his 99 nearest competitors, burn it, and still be worth more than Hugh Hefner and Michael Jordan. Microsoft’s $25 billion market value tops that of Ford, General Motors, 3M, Boeing, General Mills, or Anheuser-Busch.
With size comes power. Microsoft dominates the PC market with its MS-DOS operating system, the basic software that lets the computer understand your commands and carry them out. MS-DOS runs on 90 percent of the worlds IBM computers. Microsoft has extended from MS-DOS to Windows, which is probably the most important operating system Microsoft has released. Windows ’95 is a graphics interface environment that runs on top of MS-DOS and will, according to Gates, replace DOS in future versions. Microsoft also supplies about 50 percent of the worlds software applications: programs such as Excel (spreadsheets), Microsoft Word (word processing) and Access (data bases). It is also in the business of networking. And multimedia. And CD-ROMs. And books. And as an early supporter of the Macintosh computer, Microsoft virtually owns the Mac application market. It has been calculated that Microsoft controls 80-85% of the entire PC software industry. The company has hundreds of products and nearly 18,000 employees making it one of the largest companies to date. Many of the companys shareholders are now millionaires and a few including Bill Gates and Paul Allen are billionaires. Microsoft is no doubt the fastest growing company in the PC software industry, without some of Microsoft’s software I may not have even been typing this up.
Most of Bills personal beliefs revolve around working hard and trying your hardest to succeed. He believes that if you are intelligent and know how to apply your intelligence you can accomplish anything. Bill is obviously a visionary but he also works very hard and very competitively to carry out his vision. His belief in high intelligence and hard work is what put him where he is today, as well as being in the right place at the right time. He doesn’t believe in luck or any sort of god, just hard work