When one thinks of computer software, one must think of Microsoft. In
fact if you use a computer, chances are that you will have some type of program
on there that is developed by Microsoft. The CEO, chairman, cofounder, and
owner of 147 billion shares of Microsoft is Bill Gates.
William Henry Gates III was born in the midst of a scenic Seattle on
Thursday, October 28, 1995 to his parents Mary and William Henry Gates Jr. His
childhood was uneventful and was well raised. He went to Sunday school at the
Congregational church and sang in the choir. He was a Boy Scout but never
showed interest for either of these activities. Gates was an unusual child who
spent long periods in his room in deep thought. He loved science and showed
great skill in the area of math. In fact he scored a perfect on the math
section of the SAT. His high school English teacher Anne Stephens was amazed at
Gates' memory. She commented on how Gates had remembered a 3-page soliloquy for
a school play in one reading. He read often, tried to take up the trombone, had
no interest in philosophy but rather thought of himself as a "scientist." His
science teacher, William Dougall, remembers if the teacher wasn't going fast
enough, "Bill always seemed on the verge of saying, 'But that's obvious.'" Gates
once said to a teacher that some day he would be a millionaire. A grossly
underestimated statement. Today Gates is one of the richest men in the world.
In the fall of 1968, Bill Gates was entering the 8th grade at lakeside School,
and his best friend Paul Allen, entered the 10th grade. Lakeside invested $3,000
into a Teletype machine which could connect to the business computer via a phone
line. When the computer courses began in January 1969, both Gates and Allen
discovered their passion for programming. Since very few teachers knew anything
about computers, the boys taught themselves with every manual they could get
their hands on. Some days both would cut gym to gain... [continues]
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