Great American- Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is one of the most intelligent and one of the wealthiest people in the world. 80% of the world’s computers use his operating system and software. He was born on October 28, 1955 to William and Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington. I chose this person because he has contributed much to the advancement of computers and to humanitarian efforts. He has given billions of dollars to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. At the age of 13 while attending Lakeside Preparatory School in Seattle Washington, a computer company offered to provide an opportunity for all the students to use the computer. Bill Gates was one of those students and he was very entranced with this piece of technology. Bill Gates spent hours with the computer and soon programmed a tic-tac-toe program that allowed people to play against the computer. At the age of 15, Bill and Allen netted $20,000 off of Traf-o-Data which is a program that they made to monitor traffic patterns in Seattle. To get into college, Bill scored a 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT and got into Harvard University. He dropped out of college in 1973 and made software for MITS and its Altair 8800 computer. The software worked perfectly even though they didn’t own an actual Altair 8800 computer. In 1975, Gates and Allen formed a partnership called Microsoft, which means Computer (Micro) and Software (Soft). Gates grossed 2.3 million dollars off of Microsoft when he was only 23. In 1980, Bill Gates developed an OS for IBM’s new personal computer called MS-DOS. MS-DOS stands for Microsoft Disk Operating System and uses command line format instead of a Graphic Interface as an output. It was designed for sophisticated computer users, but the general public could not use this system, so in 1985, Microsoft launched Windows, which resembled Apple’s Operating System. Windows was based on graphical interface and was designed for the general public. By 1989, Bill Gates was a billionaire and his wealth increased when he...
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