Seattle, USA, October 28, 1955
William H. Gates is the name of the famous co-founder of Microsoft, one of the largest and most successful software companies in the world. It is also one of the richest in the world and recently philanthropist through his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
He developed a great interest in technology and at 13 years of age was introduced into the world of computer programming, while studying at Lakeside School. In this school he met Paul Allen, with whom he shared his love of computers and when Gates was 17, the two developed a computer program called Traf-O-Data.
He enrolled at Harvard University and in the meantime, he created along with Allen a version of the BASIC programming language for the Altair MITS computer company. Bill Gates dropped out of college and he and Allen founded the Microsoft company in 1975, visualizing the use of the personal computer in the home and enterprise levels.
In the late 1978 they moved the company near Seattle and thanks to his flair for business, he placed himself as head of Microsoft, which in that year made a profit of $ 2.5 million. In 1980 he signed an agreement to develop the operating system now known as MS-DOS for IBM computer system and subsequently offered it to other manufacturers, so Microsoft experienced a tremendous growth.
Five years later he launched the first commercial version of Windows and in 1989 he released Microsoft Office. During the following years he improved the performance of Windows and expanded its uses, eventually becoming the most used operating system.
Gates also ventured into the field of Internet browsers with Internet Explorer and into gaming consoles with the Xbox. In 2008 he retired from the daily work at Microsoft and has since engaged in the activities of his foundation. His work outside of Microsoft include establishing a site for digital files called Corbis Corporation and the publication of two books: Business at the Speed of Thought and The Road Ahead.