21 March 2014
Through his intelligence and excellent business skills, Bill Gates was able to change the world. As a technological genius he founded the worlds largest software company. He has also been extremely generous, donating more than thirty billion dollars as a philanthropist. He is, without a doubt a catalyst for change, tirelessly working to make the world a better place.
Gates was born to the full name of William Henry Gates III on October 28th 1955 (Bellis). Gates was born to two sisters, Libby who is younger and Kristianne who is older. William Henry Gates III got his name from his father William Henry Gates Sr., Gates Sr. fell in love with Mary Maxwell at the University of Washington. Gates grew up in a very loving family; him as well as his sisters were pushed to do well in school. The most important person he had growing up, was his Mom. She had a love for charity work, and would take Gates with her to help out. He would later credit his love for philanthropism to his mother (Bill… Biography). Although Gates had a loving and somewhat ordinary family, what he would do was far from ordinary.
Gates did not have the average intelligence level of a ten year old, he was a genius. In his free time he played board games that challenged the mind. He also became an excellent reader and was soon reading long reference books and encyclopedias. Eventually, he became uninterested in his life because school was too easy for him. At the age of thirteen his parents enrolled him in Lakeside school in Seattle (Bill … Biography). Bio.com calls Lakeside school “An exclusive preparatory school (Bill … Biography)”. He did better in nearly all of his classes (Bill … Biography). A group of mothers decided to put proceeds from an event towards buying a computer. In his book Gates stated “ I will always be grateful the decision [to buy a computer]” (Gates 1). Gates immediately fell in love with this new computer, it sparked a lifelong passion. When asked about the first computer, Gates recalled “We could play tic tac toe, it would take 30
seconds with a pen and paper, but, with this computer it would take most of a lunch period.
The appeal is that we, the kids, could control these huge grown up machines. We were too
young to drive or do other adult things, but we could order the computer around and it would always obey.” (Gates 2). Even though this computer was simple and somewhat useless, he still became very interested. Gates believed that these computing machines were the future; and indeed he was right.
The new computer would also lead to Gates meeting someone who would become one of the most important people in his life. One day, while experimenting with different computer programs Gates met Paul Allen, the two would become best friends and eventually business partners. Bio.com describes the two like this: Allen was more “reserved and shy”, Gates was more “feisty and at times...