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Transcript of Bill Gates
And how did he get so rich?! Bill Gates What is this guy famous for?
How did he become the richest man in the world? We'll have to go back in time a little ways... Time William Henry Gates was born At 13 years old, Bill went to a private school Bill began to take an interest in computers. He was excused from some math classes to spend more time on them. Bill was hired by Computer Center Corporation to find bugs in their programming. He was paid in computer time. Then Bill wrote the program for his school that scheduled the students' classes. Bill was hired to write a payroll program for Information Sciences. At 17, Bill wrote a program for collecting information on traffic at intersections Bill went to Harvard. This is just Bill's childhood. 1955 1975 1955 1968 1969 1969 1971 1971 1972 1973 Now the famous
stuff begins In 1974, IBM introduced a microprocessor named the Intel 8080. It was the first economically feasible hardware that a computer could be made with. Then, in 1975, a company named Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems, or MITS, used this Intel 8080 microprocessor in the first microcomputer, the MITS Altair 8800. The MITS Altair 8800 didn't actually do anything useful. It lacked any interpretation software or programming; there was no way for the hardware to be used or manipulated. This is where Bill comes in. Bill and his friend Paul Allen contacted
MITS, saying that they were developing a BASIC
interpreter for the Altair. They were bluffing
in order to gauge the company's interest.
The company was very interested in their work,and the pair worked on actually
writing their interpreter. The presentation to MITS was a success,Paul Allen got a job at MITS and Bill took a break from Harvard to work with Paul. They named their partnership Micro-Soft. In 1980, IBM was 10 years into an antitrust lawsuit. Because of its troubles with this (it continued another 3 years), when IBM was going to introduce its own Personal Computer, IBM outsourced the software and programming to Microsoft in order to avoid another lawsuit. Microsoft rewrote its BASIC interpreter for the PC, but kept the rights to its sale. This is significant! Why? Because IBM's PC created the standard for the future of all computers. And when the standard was set with a Microsoft BASIC interpreter, all the knock-offs also used the Microsoft BASIC interpreter. And so, Microsoft dominated the early market for computer interpreters and got rich! Microsoft did the same with its operating system, MS-DOS, which, as well as the BASIC interpreter, came as a package with a PC. An operating system is what allows a computer to access and run different programs, such as a spreadsheet program, a calculator program,or later an internet-navigating program.
By dominating the early market, Microsoft became integral in the future of computers from baisically day 1. Later on, Microsoft took a lot of flak from comsumers and companies because of its anti-competative tactics: by pre-installing Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and other Microsoft programs on all their computers, comsumers didn't buy other companies' software, forcing them out of business. This controversial-ness, whether deserved or not, is a common characteristic of most large corporations that dominate their business, such as Wal-Mart and Microsoft. And so Bill Gates became the richest man in the world. The 'computer revolution' spread like the flu, and Microsoft's motto "A computer on every desk and in every home" started to become a reality! But there's more to this man than his money With his net worth over 50 billion
dollars, Bill decided to use his money
for the betterment of the world.
He created the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation and is using it to combat
malaria and other problems in developing countries around the world. It is also the largest transparently operated charitable operation in the world. (they tell the donators what their money is being used for) And those are the reasons why he is so famous.