Bill Gates: The Inspirational Leader.

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William H. Gates (Bill Gates) is a visionary man who uses that gift to advance technology and extend the boundary of what software and machines can do. As a result of his work, he had widely influenced many peoples; and along the line he became the true entrepreneur.

Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle's Swedish Hospital .He was the only son and the second of the three children of William Henry Jr. and Mary Gates. Bill grew up like any regular child, but he had a talent that distinguished him from the rest. It was a talent that became his passion to "hack" computers, which got started when Seattle's Lakeside School offered computer time to their students. There, Gates, at age of thirteen, wrote his first software program, which played tic-tac-toe. And also there, Gates and Paul Allen got acquainted and their shared interests in computer programming bonded their friendship.

Their partnership brought their talents to new heights. For example, they worked at Computer Center Corporation (CCC) and gained more computer experience; they opened their first company, TRAF-O-DATA in the fall of 1971, which specialized in monitoring and analyzing traffic statistics in cities and countries.

Gates's first major accomplishment took place in 1975 when, with the help of Allen, he wrote the first versatile software program, Altair BASIC, that became the industry standard. He was the first to challenge the freebie software distribution in a capitalistic letter. The following year, 1976, he dropped out of Harvard and made his third accomplishment, which was building Microsoft.

Gates came of age in a time of innovation and creative thinking. During that era, technology was still at the brink of evolution; therefore no hardware or software yet set the standard. Few knew about computers and most of them were...