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William Henry Gates III (October 28, 1955, Seattle, Washington) is an American entrepreneur, cofounder of software company Microsoft; the maker of Windows, the most widely used personal computer operating system in the world.
He is married to Melinda French, and both have the leadership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, dedicated to rebalancing health and education opportunities globally, especially in the less favored regions, which is why they have recently been awarded the Prince Prize Of Asturias of International Cooperation 2006.
He studied at the private and high school of Lakeside, in Seattle. This school already had a computer in the year 1968. Thus Gates had the possibility to contact soon with the machine and to take pleasure in the computer science. He did not take long to learn and it only took him a week to outdo his teacher. Also at Lakeside, Gates met Paul Allen, with whom he would later found Microsoft.
He created the software company Microsoft on April 4, 1975. In 1976, he left the university and moved to Albuquerque, home of Altair, to agree with that company to assign a computer language, Basic, to 50% of sales. The following year, he learned of the success of the Apple company and that they need an interpreter from Basic. He tried to present his version to Apple, but he was not even received.
In 1980, as President of Microsoft and with the help of his mother, who was a member of the board of directors, he met with senior IBM executives in Seattle. He managed to sell them the DOS operating system, although he still did not have it and then bought it at a very low price from a young programmer. IBM needed that operating system to compete with Apple, which is why trading was flexible. Microsoft wanted the license rights, maintenance, and even the ability to sell the DOS to other companies. IBM made the biggest mistake of its history and accepted, considering that what would produce dividends would be the hardware and not the software. A few days later, Microsoft bought the copyright to the QDOS from Tim Paterson who worked for the Seattle Computer Products for $ 50,000, which he delivered to IBM without changing anything other than the name of MS-DOS (Microsoft DOS)
Aware of the importance of the graphic environment that Apple had shown in his computer Lisa, it was proposed to get the graphic environment and the “mouse” to operate it. Meanwhile, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, started the development of the Macintosh, Bill Gates visited Apple. He offered to improve his spreadsheets and other programs. He threatened to sell his computer equipment to IBM, resulting in an Apple-Microsoft alliance. Microsoft took advantage of the graphical environment and with the mouse, and released Microsoft Windows, as a direct competitor of Macintosh.
At the end of the second millennium, the Microsoft Windows operating system (in all its versions) was used on most personal computers on the planet.
Bill Gates tops Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the highest personal fortunes, with assets valued at about $ 51 billion (2005). In 1994, he purchased a manuscript of Leonardo da Vinci for $ 25 million.
The company has been embroiled in a number of lawsuits accused of monopolistic practices, even speculating that US courts may require dividing the company, as has already happened with other US companies in the past. The allegations are related to the linking of various programs to their operating system, the most widespread, which is considered by their competitors an abuse of dominant position to diversify their products, such as Internet Explorer browser, media player , Windows Media Player, or the MSN Messenger instant messaging system included in the Windows operating system.
On June 16, 2006, he announced his intention, in July 2008, to abandon his daily tasks at the head of Microsoft to dedicate himself entirely to the foundation. The transition of responsibilities will be progressive to avoid negative affections in the daily development of the company, continuing as President of Honor of the same.