William Henry Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. As the principal founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is one of the most influential and richest people on the planet. Recent estimates of his wealth put it at US $ 84.2 billion (Jan. 2017); this is the equivalent of the combined GDP of several African economies.
Gates took the world by storm with his personal computer services. Gates is also a popular philanthropist. He and his wife Melinda have contributed around 30 billion dollars to charity all over the world.
As Gates turn 62 today, let’s have a look at few facts about him:
- During his junior years at Lakeside Prep School, Gates created his first computer program on a General Electric computer. He created a version of tic-tac-toe where the computer would play against the user
- Gates scored 1590 out of 1600 in his Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which earned him a place in the Harvard College in 1973
- While studying at Harvard, Gates and his high school friend Paul Allen started working on a version of computer language called BASIC for the first microcomputer – MITS Altair. Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years of writing BASIC and went on to establish Microsoft
- Bill Gates is the youngest self-made billionaire ever. He was only 31 when he became a billionaire
- He has been the richest man on earth for decades. The net worth of his personal wealth is said to be over 80 billion dollars
- Bill Gates and wife Melinda established the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The foundation has reportedly donated around 34.5 billion dollars to charity around the world
- In 2015, the Government of India conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their social work
Here are few quotes by Bill Gates that would inspire you get up and achieve your goals:
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Life is not fair; get used to it.
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.