(October 28, 1955) William
) - chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft, the world's leading manufacturer of software for personal computers. Revenues at Microsoft for the last fiscal year, which ended in June 1999, totaled $ 19.75 billion
. In the offices of the company, located in 60 countries, employs more than 32 000 people. Bill Gates
was born October 28, 1955, Mr.. He and his two sisters grew up in Seattle. Their father, William
II, - lawyer. Their late mother, Mary Gates
, was a schoolteacher, a board member at the University of Washington (University of Washington) and chairwoman of United Way International. Gates
attended public elementary school, and then - in the private Lakeside School. There, at age 13, he began programming.
In 1973, Mr.. Mr. Gates
entered Harvard University course. At Harvard, he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer (Steve Ballmer), which now occupies the post of vice president, Microsoft's sales and support. During his stay at Harvard, Gates
developed the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - MITS Altair.
In his junior year, Gates
left his studies at Harvard, having decided to devote himself to Microsoft, a company he founded in 1975. Paul Allen (Paul Allen). Guided by a belief that the personal computer will be indispensable at every workplace and every home, they began developing software for personal computers.
Gift of Bill Gates
' prediction on the development of personal computers has become a key factor in the success of Microsoft and the software industry in general. Mr. Gates
is actively involved in management and strategic decisions at Microsoft, and plays an important role in the technical development of new products. Much of his time is devoted to meetings with clients, as well as communicate via e-mail with Microsoft employees around the world.
' leadership, Microsoft is constantly developing and improving information technology and products. The success of Microsoft - the desire to make your computing experience simpler, more economical and enjoyable. Do not overlook the long-term prospects - in the current fiscal year on research work has been allocated more than $ 3 billion
In 1995. Bill Gates
wrote a book "The Road Ahead" ( "The Road Ahead"), in which he outlined his views on the direction in which society is moving in relation to the development of information technology. The book was co-written with Nathan Mirvoldom (Nathan Myhrvold), vice-president of Microsoft, and journalist Peter Raynarsonom (Peter Rinearson). For seven weeks, "Road to the Future" held first place in the bestseller list New York Times. The book was published in the United States published by Viking and kept in the list of New York Times bestseller, a total of 18 weeks. "Road to the Future" was published in more than 20 countries. China alone has sold over 400 000 copies.
In 1996, when Microsoft has been refocused on Internet technology, Gates
has made significant adjustments in the book. The second edition reflects the idea that the emergence of interactive networks - an important milestone in the history of mankind. The second edition of the book, published in paperback, also became a bestseller.
In 1999, Bill Gates
wrote a book ( "Business @ the Speed of Thought") Business @ the Speed of Thought, which shows how information technology can solve business problems in a completely new manner. This book, created in collaboration with Collins Hemingway (Collins Hemingway), was published in 25 languages and sold more than 60 countries. "Business @ the Speed of Thought" has received high critical acclaim and was included in the bestseller list New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and the Web server Amazon.com
. Revenues from sales of his two books, Mr. Gates
lists to the charity fund, which aims to support the use of information technologies in educational process
. In addition to the hobby computer technology, Bill Gates
is interested in biotechnology
. It is part of the board of the Icos Corporation and is a shareholder in Darwin Molecular, a subsidiary of British company Chiroscience. He also founded Corbis Corporation, . which is developing the largest source of visual information in the world - a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections, . stored in different countries,
. Bill Gates
also has invested in the company Teledesic, which is working on an ambitious plan to launch into low orbit around the earth several hundred satellites. The task of these satellites - to provide worldwide two-way broadband telecommunications.
January 1, 1994, Mr.. Bill Gates
married Melinda Gates
Ffrench (Melinda French Gates
). In 1996. had a daughter, Jennifer Katharine Gates
(Jennifer Katharine Gates
), and in 1999 - a son, John Gates
Roura (Rory John Gates
and Melinda Gates
Foundation established a charitable foundation and made it more than $ 17 billion
to support philanthropic initiatives in health and education. To date, the Bill
and Melinda Gates
and Melinda Gates
Foundation) gave more than $ 300 million Organizations, . working in health, more than $ 300 million - to improve the educational process, . including the development of initiatives in the field of librarianship (Gates
Library Initiative), . which will allow the people of USA and Canada low-income working with personal computers and the Internet in public libraries and more than $ 54 million - to community projects in north-western coast of the Pacific, and more than $ 29 million - in other special projects and its annual charity campaign .,
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