Bill Gates He is the richest man in the world. His former friends, who are now
his enemies, hate to even hear his name. His company wants to be with
you in your office, your car, and even your kitchen. His name is Bill
Gates. There is a lot more to Bill Gates than being the richest man in
the world. He is one of the people responsible for setting off the
computer revolution, and by doing that, he as changed the way mankind
lives forever. Who is Bill Gates? Most people do not even know what it
is that he does. This paper will talk about Bill Gates" beginnings in
computers, his leading in the computer industry, the creation of
Microsoft, and his extraordinary wealth and leadership.
William Henry Gates, III was born October 28, 1955 in Seattle,
Washington. He was the middle child of three born to William and Mary
Gates. William was a lawyer and Mary was a socialite part-time
teacher. Trey, as he was called because of the III, was sent to a
private school by his parents.
At age 13, Bill had completely taught himself programming after taking
a computer study class at Lakeside School (an expensive private school
in Seattle). Within a year, he and a man by the name of Paul Allan
formed the Lakeside Programmer’s Group. The group was commissioned by
the town to create a traffic-monitoring program. They constructed an
application called Traf-o-Data that calculated the number of cars
traveling down a road and would then give the best timing for a
In 1970, Bill’s parents stated that he was becoming too addicted to
computers and made him give up his obsession. With the same enthusiasm
he had placed into computers, he dove into his high school classes,
achieving better than he ever had before. Even though he tried to be
"normal" in high school, he was still very much considered an outcast
to those who did not know him. They thought of him as egotistical and
nerdy. However, those who did know him thought of him as energetic and
a risk taker.
After scoring a perfect 800 on the mathematics half of the SAT, he
graduated from Lakeside School and enrolled at Harvard University, as
a pre-law major. As a student here, Gates was phenomenal. He received
an A in an economics class without even attending and he crammed the
night before the final exam. In June 1975, Bill Gates dropped out of
Harvard to pursue a career in computers full time. His best friend
throughout life has been Paul Allan. Later, it would be these two men
who created the multi-billion dollar company, Microsoft.
While still at Harvard Bill had been working on a new program he
called "BASIC" (Beginner"s All-Purpose...