Bill Gates is an important part of the history of computers because he co-founded Microsoft, the world’s largest computer software company as of 2015. With the growing success of Microsoft, Gates has become one of the richest men in the world, with a net worth estimated at $76.3 billion.
In 1973, Gates attended Harvard University and developed a version of a programming language for the first microcomputer. During his junior year, Gates wanted to devote full-time attention to Microsoft and left Harvard. Along with his childhood friend, Paul Allen, Gates began developing software for personal computers. Gates had a vision that computers would be a valuable tool for homes and offices.
As the computer industry began to grow, IBM decided to create its own personal computers. When seeking computer software, IBM approached Microsoft, and the two companies collaborated. This collaboration became a success and increased the revenue of Microsoft to around $16 million. In 1981, Gates was appointed president and chairman of Microsoft. With Gates's leadership, Microsoft continued to advance computer software as a more cost-effective and enjoyable experience for consumers.
Along with his computing contributions, Gates is known for his philanthropic work. He has donated to various charities and spent time on global health and education work through his foundation.