About Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the co-founder of one of the world’s largest corporations, and is himself one of the wealthiest men in the world. Sure, you already knew that. But, just how much do you really know about Bill Gates? Did you know that in university, he told his professors he would be a millionaire by the age of 30? Or that he used to sign up for classes that had the prettiest girls and no sessions on Fridays?

Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems said of him, he is “probably the most dangerous and powerful industrialist of our age.” Indeed, the billionaire entrepreneur has found himself in the number one spot on Forbes’ World’s Richest People list for twelve years in a row. What is it about him that has made him the success he is today? As Stewart Aslop once said, “Gates it the ultimate programming machine.”

He may be one of the most public figures in the world, but there is still much that many people don’t know of his personal life. For instance, the very first computer program that he wrote at the age of 17 – a scheduling system for his high school – he was able to sell for $4,200. And, in a survey conducted by the City University of Hong Kong, he was found to be more idolized than even Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-Tung in a poll of teenagers throughout Hong Kong and China.

What else is there to know about Bill Gates? How about the fact that he scored 1590 on his SAT standardized test, where the top possible score is 1600. Or, that this American was given the title of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II of England. Did you know about Bill Gates and how he met his wife, Melinda French, at a Microsoft press event in 1987? At the time, French was working for the company; seven years later, the two would marry in Hawaii on New Year’s Day.

Despite all his achievements and the popularity of Microsoft products, not everyone likes what the Microsoft cofounder. American comedian Dennis Miller said of him, “[He] is a monocle and a Persian cat away from being the villain in a James Bond movie.” Similarly, British author Douglas Adams once said, “The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place.”

Love him or hate him, admire him or loathe him, one thing for sure can be said about Bill Gates: he is a passionate entrepreneur who has been able to turn his love for all things computer into a multi-billion dollar fortune, and revolutionize the world in the process. He may be turning his back on the company to pursue more philanthropic causes, but the world has certainly not heard the last about Bill Gates.

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