Bill Gates, born October 28, 1955 in Seattle Washington, is an American businessman, philanthropist, investor, inventor and computer programmer. He is best known for co-founding Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company.
Included on the Forbes list of the World’s Wealthiest People, Bill Gates is also recognized for donating large amounts of money to several global charitable organizations through the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, as of 2015. He briefly attended Harvard University, pursuing a law degree, but eventually dropped out to work with a childhood friend, Paul Allen, on a project they called Micro-Soft. Micro-Soft eventually became Microsoft. In 1978, three years after beginning his venture, Gates made himself head of the company and by this time, Microsoft had grossed $2.5 million in that year alone. Between 1978 and 1981, Microsoft experienced rapid growth in staff and revenue, and by 1983, the company had gone global. Gates stepped down from the day-to-day operations in 2000.
Gates and his wife, Melinda, live in Washington with their three children, as of 2015. With Melinda’s influence, he established the William H. Gates Foundation, dedicated to supporting education, world health and low-income communities. In 2000, the couple combined several family foundations to form the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.