William (Bill) Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955 to a lawyer and teacher. Over the past 68 years, he has accomplished many things. He, and his partner Paul Allen, developed a popular operating system that most of the world uses today: Microsoft Windows. Not only did they create the operating system, but also founded Microsoft itself. In addition to being the founder of such an innovative and world-changing company, he has developed several charitable foundations, and even acquired an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Bill Gates has been interested in programming since he was 13 years old. While attending public school, his parents noticed that he was very bored and often spent his time reading encyclopedias. Since he was excelling in all of his classes, they decided to enroll him into a private school called Lakeside. While he was attending Lakeside, he became fascinated with the Teletype terminal that was provided for use to the students. He spent much of his free time using it. He eventually developed a tic-tac-toe game that could be played by the students where they played against the computer program. He also met his future partner at this school, Paul Allen. Paul was two grades ahead of him, but they quickly became friends due to their shared fascination for computers. Bill and Paul worked together on a few projects while attending Lakeside. They developed a payroll program for the computer company that provided the Teletype terminals to the school. They also developed a scheduling program for the school.
At the age of 15, Bill went into business with Paul. They called their business “Traf-O-Data” and it monitored traffic patterns in Seattle. This program netted $20,000. After seeing the success of their first project, Gates and Allen wanted to start a business together. Bill’s parents wouldn’t allow it. They wanted him to go to college to be a lawyer. After he graduated Lakeside, he took the college SAT test and scored 1590/1600 in 1973.
After graduation, he enrolled into Harvard University. He was only there for a short period of time, during which he spent most of his time in the computer lab. He joined his friend, Paul Allen, to work for Honeywell. While working for Honeywell, he and Paul worked on a BASIC software program for MITS. When they submitted the program to the president of MITS, they were instantly hired. They both quit their job and Gates dropped out of Harvard in 1975. This is when they formed Micro-Soft (The hyphen was taken out a year later).
In 1976 Gates noticed a lot of the computer enthusiasts were sharing their software (pirating it). He decided people must pay for software, and addressed everyone about it. They weren’t pleased, but it was Gates’ software. After bumping heads with the president of MITS, the president sold Gates’ software to another company and left to go to school to be a doctor. Gates had to sue for the rights of...