Bill Gates was born on October 28, 1955 and grew up in Seattle, Washington USA. He went to a private school called lakeside. When he was at lakeside he met Paul Allen, his close friend and future business partner. They both started programming at lakeside. In 1970, at the age of 15, Bill Bates and Paul Allen went into business. They developed "Traf-o-Data," a computer program that monitored traffic patterns in Seattle, and netted $20, 000 from it. Bill Gates graduated from Lakeside in 1973 and he went to Harvard University, thinking of a carrier in law, but he spent most of his time on the computers. While he was at Harvard he made a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair. In his junior year, Bill Gates left Harvard to spend more time with Microsoft, a company he had started in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. They wrote programs for the early Apple and Commodore machines. Their break came when they developed an operating system called MS-DOS for the first IBM personnel computer. Over the next few years, Bill Gates made and sold better versions of MS-DOS that had more programs and features. As Microsoft grew, its share prices sky rocketed and at the age of 31 Bill Gates became the youngest self-made billionaire in American history. Bill Gates married Melinda French Gates in 1994 and has three children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.
Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are both keen philanthropists’s starting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has committed more than $3.2 billion to global health, $2 billion to improve learning opportunities to low income families, $477 million to community projects and more than $488 million to special projects and annual giving campaigns. As of 2009 Bill and Melinda Gates have given 33.5 billion dollars to charity.
Where the Money Goes:
• $1 billion over 20 years to establish the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, which will...