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William Henry III (Gates Bill)

Born: 1955 AD
Currently alive, at 60 years of age.

Nationality: American
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1955 - Born on Seattle, Washington; birth of one of the richest U.S. citizens


1973 - Entered Harvard University and lived in the same place where Steve Ballmer, now the chief executive officer of Microsoft, also lived.


1973-1975 - During his stay at Harvard, he developed the MITS Altair, his version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer.

1975 - Left college.


1976 - Pioneered the microcomputer software company, Microsoft, along with Paul Allen; he became the chairman of the corporation.


1980 - Developed the Microsoft Disk Operating System or MS-DOS as requested by IBM as they planned to come up with a personal computer.


1994 - Oversaw Microsoft's licensing of Internet Explorer browser from Spyglass Inc. - married Melinda French on January 1.


1995 - Came up with the book The Road Ahead.


1997 - Founder and eponym of Gates Library Foundation.


1998 - Summoned for deposition in federal lawsuit charging Microsoft with criminal violations of antitrust law.


1999 - Wrote the book Business @ the Speed of Thought published in 25 languages and sold to over 60. countries - explained in his book how computer technology becomes a solution to business problems with new approaches.


2005 - He and his wife provided more than $28.8 billion for the foundation; the money is for benevolent purposes namely global health and learning.


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