William (Bill) Henry Gates
With his wide rimmed glasses and high khakis, the average person who initially looked at Bill Gates would underestimate his accomplishments and influences on technology, business, and today's culture. As Chairman, Chief Software Architect, and one of the founders of Microsoft, Bill Gates made himself the wealthiest person in the world; in 1998, Bill was worth over $100 billion (Mr. Gates is currently valued at nearly forty-one billion). Born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Bill attended public school until he went to the prestigious, selective Lakeside School. His dad, an attorney, and his mom a schoolteacher at University of Washington Regents gave him a relatively normal upbringing, economically. After doing exceptional in school due to his natural talent in all academic subjects, especially math, he made his parents proud by going to Harvard University. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer, the MITS Altair.
Bill's first company was with whom he would later start Microsoft with, Paul Allen. They called it Traf-O-Data, which was a program he made that monitored traffic for cities. Total profits for Traf-O-Data totaled to around twenty thousand dollars. The richest man in the world, Bill Gates has almost single handedly made technology what it is today by reforming the way people interact with their computers, he also redefined business with his high-volume, low-priced software, separate from hardware strategy. (Lee 3)
As listed by Forbes Magazine, Bill is a multi-billionaire; what would someone do with all that money? Though Bill is modest in most areas of his life, he does have some extravagant possessions. Built into a bluff beside Lake Washington, the fifty-million dollar home Gates has been working on for more than 4 years has forty thousand square feet of...