Bill Gates, whose real name is William Howard Gates is one of the world’s richest individuals and one of the most influential people of the 20th century. He is best known as the co-founder of the multi-billion dollar company Microsoft Corporation in partnership with Paul Allen. Their corporation started in 1979 which enabled Bill Gates to earn income more than enough for him to be labelled as the richest man in world with fifty-nine billion US dollars worth of assets as of the year 2007.
Even in his younger years, Bill Gates already developed his interest with computers and its operating systems. He was born in an affluent family in Seattle, Washington where he also had his primary school in an exclusive institution. When Bill Gates was fourteen years old, he and his friend Allen ventured into a small scale basic computer programming which enabled him to earn twenty thousand US dollars a year. He eventually enrolled in Harvard but he quitted in two years and worked with Allen writing operating systems. Eventually, the two named their partnership Microsoft in 1976. Their corporation has been instrumental in bringing the computers and the internet to the public domain, which has been a property before of only a small number of computer enthusiasts.
At present, Bill Gates has three children from his wife Melinda, a former Microsoft employee. He and his wife founded a charity foundation dedicated to global health care and education. He has also received several honorary doctorates from Universities abroad and has been granted the Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II.