- Family and early childhood.
- First computing experience.
- Roots of business career.
- The birth of Microsoft.
- Gates Foundation.
- Program areas.
- Some information.
On October 28, 1955, shortly after 9:00 p.m., William Henry Gates III was born. He was born into a family with a rich history in business, politics, and community service. His great-grandfather had been a state legislator and mayor, his grandfather was the vice president of a national bank, and his father was a prominent lawyer. Earlier on in life, it was apparent that Bill Gates inherited the ambition, intelligence, and competitive spirit that had helped his progenitors rise to the top in their chosen professions. In elementary school he quickly surpassed all of his peer's abilities in nearly all subjects, especially math and science. His parents recognized his intelligence and decided to enroll him in Lakeside, a private school known for its intense academic environment. This decision had far reaching effects on Bill Gate's life. For at Lakeside, Bill Gates was first introduced to computers.
[...] In the fall of 1973, Bill Gates left home for Harvard University. He had no idea what he wanted to study, so he enrolled as prelaw. Gates took the standard freshman courses with the exception of signing up for one of Harvard's toughest math courses. He did well but just as in high school, his heart was not in his studies. After locating the school's computer center, he lost himself in the world of computers once again. Gates would spend many long nights in front of the school's computer and the next days asleep in class. [...]
[...] Within a year, Bill Gates had dropped out of Harvard and Microsoft was formed. B. History Microsoft was founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell software for the Altair 8800, a computer. In the mid-1980's, Microsoft, thanks to a contract from IBM, dominated the home computer operating system market with MS DOS. The company later released an initial public offering in the Stock market. The price of the Stock continued its rise into the early 2000s. [...]
[...] Program areas ( Education Through its partnerships in communities across the nation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to raising the high school graduation rate and helping all students?regardless of race or family income?graduate as strong citizens ready for college and work ( Global Health The mission of the Global Health program is to ensure that people in the developing world have the same chance for good health as people in the developed world. We see a tremendous opportunity to save millions of lives through the development and distribution of health tools and strategies some new, some already in use. [...]