William Henry Gates III born October 28 1955 is an American business magnate software developer
investorand philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.During his career at Microsoft Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer CEO president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.
Gates in 2018
William Henry Gates III
October 28 1955 age 64
Co-founder of Microsoft
US$105.6 billion May 2020
Melinda Gates m. 1994
Born and raised in Gates co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975, in Albuquerque New Mexico it went on to become the world's largest personal computersoftware company.Gates led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000 but he remained chairman and became chief software architect.During the late 1990s Gates had been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings. In June 2006 Gates announced that he would be transitioning to a part-time role at Microsoft and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the private charitable foundation that he and his wife, Melinda Gates established in 2000.He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie. He stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014 and assumed a new post as technology adviser to support the newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.
Since 1987 he has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people. From 1995 to 2017 he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world all but four of those years In October 2017 he was surpassed by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos who had an estimated net worth of US$90.6 billion compared to Gates net worth of US$89.9 billion at the time. As of November 2019 Gates had an estimated net worth of US$107.1 billion making him the second-wealthiest person in the world behind Bezos.
Later in his career and since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft in 2008 Gates pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors. He donated large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported to be the world's largest private charity.In 2009 Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy.The foundation works to improve global health and is working with Rotary International to eliminate polio.