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Together we can make a difference, Bill Gates!
Transcript of Together we can make a difference, Bill Gates!
can make a difference! Bill Gates! 1955 Rich: He is the second most richest man in the world with approximately $67 billion!
Smart: He made Microsoft.
Charitable: Will give all his money to charity when he dies, rather than giving it to his children! What makes this person special or interesting? What events shaped or changed this person's life? What adjectives would you use to describe Bill Gates and why? What kind of effect did he have on the world? Bill Gates is the chairman of Microsoft, the worlds largest personal computer software company, that he co-founded with Paul Allen. He launched Windows in 1985. Ranked among the worlds wealthiest people, he stepped down from CEO of Microsoft in 2000. Bill wrote 2 books: The road ahead and Business at the speed of thought. Bill also appeared in a number of documentaries and was prominently featured in Pirates of Silicon Valley, a film that chronicles the rise of Apple and Microsoft. He found Microsoft, that made windows. He released windows, which makes the computer system user-friendly by providing a graphical display and organizing information so that it can be easily accessed. The operation system has icons and tools that simplify the hard operations performed by computers. Microsoft develops de facto standard operating systems-DOS and Windows. Microsoft has lots to offer, from programming tools to end user applications. Born. 1967 Goes to Lakeside school and befriends Paul Allen. 1973 Goes to Harvard. 1975 Takes his first leave of absence from Harvard to work for MITS working on Microsoft. 1976 Bill and Paul register the trademark Microsoft. 1977 Bill takes his second leave of absence from Harvard to set up Microsoft in Albuquerque, where MITS is headquartered. 1979 Microsoft headquarters are relocated to Bellevue, Washington. 1981 Microsoft buys the rights to the operating system “DOS” from Seattle Computer Products. 1983 Paul Allen leaves Microsoft after getting Hodgkins Disease. 1986 Microsoft moves to nearby Redmond, Washington. Shortly after, the company goes public. 1987 Bill becomes the youngest billionaire ever. 1989 Bill finds Corbis, a document of art and photography from public and private collections. 1994 Bill marries Melinda French. Bill becomes the worlds richest man with $ 12.9 billion. Windows introduces Internet explorer and Bill Gates writes a book called The road ahead. 1995 1999 Bill writes book Business at the speed of thought. Pirates of Silicon valley is made about Apple and Microsoft. 2000 Bill steps down from CEO of Microsoft. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation is made. 2005 Bill gets Knighted. 2007 Bill graduates from Harvard. 2008 Bill loses his spot as the richest man in the world and retires, but still stays as chairman of Microsoft. Did he overcome obstacles, take risks or get lucky? Before he had his dream for Microsoft,
his private school did not have enough
money for computers during that time as they were very expensive. His school had a fundraiser and was able to get a years worth of time on computers. Although, within a few weeks the time was up. The school made a deal with Seattle based Computer Center Corporation for more time on computers. Bill
Gates got in trouble for hacking into the security
system of the computers and resetting the
meters and crashing them for fun. When he
was older he fought against competitors
such as Apple. He didn't complete his
education at Harvard until 2007
because of having to drop out. Would the world have been better or worse if this person hadn't lived? Worse because Microsoft wouldn't be invented, and
that means that Windows and the internet wouldn't be
invented. There would be no Bill and Melinda Gates
foundation. The only computers we would have would be
Apple Macs. "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one." Bill Gates.