Bill Gates, former CEO of Microsoft

Bill Gates, the full name of William Henry Gates III, is Bill or Gates for short. Born in Seattle, Washington, USA on October 28, 1955, entrepreneur, software engineer, philanthropist and founder of Microsoft Corporation). He was chairman, CEO and chief software designer of Microsoft.


Personal experience

  • His father William is a company lawyer and his mother Mary is a school teacher.
  • At the age of 17, Gates sold his first computer programming work - a time table system. The buyer was his high school. The price was 4200 dollars.
  • Gates scored 1590 out of 1600 in the standardized SAT test.
  • Gates told his university teacher that he would become a millionaire at the age of 30, and he had become a billionaire at the age of 31. In other words, Gates knew that he would be rich in the future, but he did not expect to be so rich.
  • While studying at Harvard, Gates participated in the preparation of Altair BASIC, which became the first product of Microsoft (then called Micro Soft).
  • He met Melinda French, the future wife of Microsoft, at a release ceremony held in Manhattan in 1987, when Melinda was an employee of Microsoft. They got married on New Year's Day in 1994.
  • When Gates is thinking or concentrating, he will swing back and forth in his chair. This quirk can be traced back to his childhood, when he liked to swing on a wooden horse for several hours. Later, Microsoft employees have been used to seeing him thinking, listening and shaking his head while attending meetings
  • In 2005, Gates was awarded the Order of Commander of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • In March 2007, Forbes magazine once again rated Bill Gates as the richest person in the world, which is why he has won this title for 13 consecutive years. He is currently worth $58 billion.
  • On June 15, 2006, Bill Gates attended the press conference at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, USA. On the same day, Bill Gates announced that he would retire from the daily affairs of Microsoft in the next two years and focus on health and education charity.
  • At present, Carnegie Mellon University (a university in Pennsylvania, USA) has a building named after Gates - Gates Computer Science Building.
  • Gates is the latest owner of the Leicester Code, a 72 page manuscript of Leonardo da Vinci. This manuscript contains observations of the nature of water, astronomy, rocks and fossils. Gates will open the manuscript once a year in different cities around the world.
  • Bill Gates earns 67.5 dollars per second, 5.832 million dollars per day and 2.13 billion dollars a year
  • CEO Magazine CEO of the Year 1994.
  • Sports News, one of the 100 most powerful figures in sports in 1997.
  • Time magazine won the first place among 50 network elites in 1998.
  • It was rated as one of the most powerful figures in 1999 by the British Sunday Times, and ranked the second among the 100 elites of Upside in 1999.
  • It was rated as the most influential 100 people in the press in 2001 by the British Guardian.
  • He was knighted by the Queen of England in 2004.
  • In 2005, he, his wife Melinda and Bono, the lead singer of rock band U2, were jointly elected as the Person of the Year of the Times to show their contributions to charity.
  • On November 15, 2006, he won the 2006 James Morgan International Philanthropist Award.
  • In 2006, he ranked first in the second Financial Times Rich List.
  • On June 7, 2007, 30 years after leaving Harvard, he received an honorary bachelor of law degree from Harvard University and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law.
  • On April 19, 2007, he was awarded the honorary doctorate of Tsinghua University and became the 13th honorary doctorate of Tsinghua University· On April 20, 2007, he was awarded honorary president of Peking University and honorary member of Guanghua School of Management.
  • Entomologists also named a flower insect Gatz's aphid fly after him.
  • Seattle has a street named after him.

Personal achievements

On the Forbes list, Gates was the richest man in the world from 2001 to 2007! It ranked the third in the world in 2008, and became the richest man in the world again in 2009! In 2010, it was reduced to the second place in the world by a slight disadvantage. In September 2011, Bill Gates topped Forbes' "400 richest Americans" list in 2011 with a fortune of 59 billion US dollars, which is the 18th consecutive year that he has ranked first.

He is a genius. He started programming at the age of 13 and predicted that he would become a millionaire at the age of 25; He is a business genius. His unique vision always enables him to accurately see the future of the IT industry. His unique management methods enable the growing Microsoft to maintain vitality; His wealth is even more a myth. At the age of 39, he became the richest man in the world, and he has been on the top of Forbes' list for 13 consecutive years. This myth is like a dazzling fireworks in the night sky, which hurts the eyes of hundreds of millions of people.

He is the chairman and chief software designer of Microsoft. Microsoft is the world leader in providing software, services and Internet technologies for personal computers and business computers. As of fiscal year 2008, Microsoft's revenue was nearly 62 billion dollars, and the total number of employees in 78 countries and regions exceeded 91000.

2011 US Rich List

On September 22, 2011, Forbes magazine website released the "2011 America 400 Rich List". Bill Gates' wealth reached 59 billion US dollars, ranking the richest. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ranked 14th, with a wealth of $17.5 billion, an increase of $10.6 billion over last year. Zuckerberg was the richest person among the top 20.


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