Mr. William H. Gates, III, is Co-Chair & Trustee at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Co-Chairman at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Cascade Investment LLC, Chairman at Corbis Corp., Chairman at Corbis Images LLC and Chairman at TerraPower LLC.
He is on the Board of Directors at Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.
He began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr. Gates was previously employed as Founder by Shop.com, Trustee, Officer & Volunteer by Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and President by The King County Bar Association.
He also served on the board at ICOS Corp. and Kymeta Corp. In 1975, he left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, he led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, he transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects.
He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington.
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| Microsoft Corporation
| Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
(Property & Casualty Insurance)
|Cascade Investment LLC
||Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
|Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust
|Corbis Images LLC
|Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust (Investment Management)
||Co-Chair & Trustee
| Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|
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| |William Henry "Bill" Gates III
(born 28 October 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates is the former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.
He is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014—excluding a few brief periods post-2008. Between 2009 and 2014 his wealth more than doubled from $40 billion to more than $82 billion. Between 2013 and 2014 his wealth increased by $15 billion, or around $1.5 billion more than the entire GDP of Iceland in 2014.
During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, he was also the largest individual shareholder up until May 2014. Refn | group = "lower-alpha" | Gates regularly documents his share ownership through public U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission form 4 filings. His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates's maternal grandfather was JW Maxwell, a national bank president. Gates has one elder sister, Kristi (Kristianne), and one younger sister, Libby. He was the fourth of his name in his family, but was known as William Gates III or "Trey" because his father had the "II" suffix.Sfn |Manes | 1994 |p= 15 Early on in his life, Gates's parents had a law career in mind for him.Sfn |Manes|1994|p = 47 When Gates was young, his family regularly attended a Congregational church. The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that "it didn't matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock ... there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing".
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Bill Gates was born the same year as Steve Jobs.
The first computer program created by Bill Gates with his friend Paul Allen was a game of tic tack toe.
Following the discovery of the Macintosh, Bill Gates decided to start the development of Windows, a graphical interface for MS-DOS.
Gates announced in 2006 he bequeathed 95% of his fortune to his foundation to fight against disease and illiteracy in the South’s countries.
Time magazine named Bill Gates Man of the Year in 2005, alongside his wife Melinda and Bono (the singer of U2), for their actions on the philanthropic front.
"There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft."
"Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems, then people will hold back."
"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."
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