Richest Man in the World
Being the richest man in the world would give you that title that comes with popularity and criticism. This year, the man who has been holding this title from 1995-2007 is back to his original post. Bill Gates is the world’s richest man in 2013. This person who is very popular because of his undeniable contribution in the world of computer is again capturing the world’s attention when he got this richest man award from Forbes’ List.
Bill Gates is known as best entrepreneur who has invested majority of his time in the industry of personal computer revolution. With his success in business, he tried to reach out to the grassroots by engaging in philanthropic activities and donating large amounts of money to several charities including his own foundations. In 2006, he focused majority of his time in working full time in his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Taking the Ladder to Success
Bill Gates is one of the children of William H. Gates, a lawyer in Seattle, Washington and Mary Maxwell Gates. He is known as William Gates III. He went to Lakeside School when he was 13. This school has become his learning ground that led him to discover about his passion in programming. During this time, the students in the said school are given time to learn about technology with the use of General Electric computer. Bill Gates is one of the four students who showed interest in computer programming. His knowledge in the said field was nurtured and at the age of 17, he ventured in creating traffic counters based on Intel 8008 processor. This venture was made possible with his partnership with Paul Allen.
When he graduated from Lakeside School, he went to Harvard where he continued to nurture his passion with computers. He is still in contact with Paul Allen during this time. When MITS Altair 8800 was released in 1975, Gates and Allen started to think about the opportunity that is waiting for them when they are going to start a computer software company.
After getting the approval of his parents, Gates dropped his subjects in Harvard and started to take off with Allen in order to achieve what they always wanted. They contacted MITS and with persistence and passion, they began their journey to the success of Microsoft. In 1980, they became partners with IBM and in 1985; they were able to launch Windows. With Bill Gates success in the world of advanced technology, he became the richest man in 1995.
The success of Bill Gates is just one piece of the puzzle. Looking at his personal life, Bill Gates is a father of three and a wonderful husband to Melinda Gates. With this money and his numerous properties, he is always hearing criticisms and public opinions about giving a part of his fortune to the world. With this, Gates and his wife began to shell out money in order to solve global problems. Continuously doing so, they were able to get the award for the second most generous philanthropists in America way back 2007.