Bill Gates biography

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William H. Gates

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Microsoft Corporation

William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief executive officer of

Microsoft Corporation, the leading provider, worldwide, of software

for the personal computer. Microsoft had revenues of $8.6 billion for

the fiscal year ending June 1996, and employs more than 20,000

people in 48 countries.

Born on October 28, 1955, Gates and his two sisters grew up in

Seattle. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their

late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent and

chairwoman of United Way International.

Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he began his

career in personal computer software, programming computers at age 13.

In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from

Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's executive vice president for sales and support. While at

Harvard, Gates developed the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer -- the

MITS Altair.

In his junior year, Gates dropped out of Harvard to devote his energies to

Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with Paul Allen. Guided by a

belief that the personal computer would be a valuable tool on every office

desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal


Gates' foresight and vision regarding personal computing have been central

to the success of Microsoft and the software industry. Gates is actively involved in key

management and strategic decisions at Microsoft, and plays an important role in the technical

development of new products. A significant portion of his time is devoted to meeting with

customers and staying in contact with Microsoft employees around the world through e-mail.

Under Gates' leadership, Microsoft's mission is to continually advance and

improve software technology and to...