Bill Gates

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Dillon Brown
Professor Hershenberg
3 December 2012
Government DC
Bill Gates
Bill Gates is an extraordinary man in the world of technology, as everybody knows from making the groundbreaking software “Microsoft”, to working to make better and more powerful computers for today’s world. However, the impact has had effects far more than just the technological world. With his charity work and strong beliefs, he has shown to be a well known advocate for making the world a better place. So this is why he is my active political figure that I hope to somewhat follow in his morals.

Bill Gates wasn’t always known as Bill Gates, He was actually born by the name William Henry Gates III on October 28 of 1955. He was born in Seattle Washington as the middle of three children. His two other siblings were his sisters. There was Kristianne, who was older than Gates, and Libby who was the youngest. His father of course was William Henry Gates Sr. and his mother was Mary Maxwell, who later became Mary Gates when the two got married. “The Gates family atmosphere was warm and close, and all three children were encouraged to be competitive and strive for excellence. Bill showed early signs of competitiveness when he coordinated family athletic games at their summer house on Puget Sound” 1. Bill Gates was especially close to his mother more than his father. Although both of his parents were often away working, his mother actually quit her job to be a stay at home mom after Gates father started making more income.

While he was young, Gates did a ton of reading in his spare time. He enjoyed taking in knowledge so he knew more about the world around him. He would even take it so far as to read the encyclopedia among other books. His parents thought Bill seemed to be missing something in his life around the age of 11 and 12. Even though he was doing fantastic in school, he seemed bored at home more than anything. “When Bill turned 13 they enrolled him in Seattle's Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. He blossomed in nearly all his subjects, excelling in math and science, but also doing very well in drama and English.”1It was here at the Lakeside School where Gates blossomed. This is where he started to show interest in computers. The school provided the students with a computer club for extracurricular purposes. He immediately fell in love with the machine. So much in fact that he even created a program that allowed people to play tic-tac-toe against a computer.

It was also at this lakeside school where Gates met his longtime friend and partner Paul Allen. With the two both going to the same school and having an extreme interest in computers, it wasn’t surprising that the two became best friends, the spent a lot of time together in the labs helping to better understand the computer. But of course like all friendships, they argued about some points, even getting to the point where they would be kicked out of the computer labs due to the heated arguments.

At age 15 Gates underwent his first major breakthrough with his friend Paul Allen. The two created a program by the name of “Traf-o-Data”. This program itself was made to monitor the traffic patterns throughout the Seattle area. The two ended up making roughly twenty-thousand dollars off of the operation which inspired Gate to want to start his own business with Paul. However, his efforts were delayed by his parents who wanted him to of course finish school first and hopefully go off to college to study and become a lawyer. So it was then that he went on to finish his schooling scoring an outstanding 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT.

Bill Gates went off to attend Harvard to try and pursue a law career like his parents had hoped. However, Gates noticed that his interests were far more focused on computers rather than law, so he went on to try and pursue a career of computer technology instead.

After drifting apart for a while Bill Gates and Paul Allen came back together to work...
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