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Bill Gates
A middle-aged caucasian man wearin business attire an glasses
Gates in 2012.
Born William Henry Gates III
October 28, 1955 (1955-10-28) (age 58)
Seattle, WA, US
Residence Medina, WA, US
Naitionality American
Alma mater Harvard Varsity
(dropped oot)
Occupation Co-foonder an Chairman
o Microsoft
Co-Chair o the [[Bill & Melinda
Gates Foondation]]
CEO o Cascade Investment
Chairman o Corbis
Years active 1975–present
Net wirth Increase US$ 72.7 billion (2013)[1]
Buird member of
Berkshire Hathaway
Spoose Melinda Gates (1994–present)
Childer 3
Parents William H. Gates, Sr.
Mary Maxwell Gates
Signatur William H. Gates III
Wabsteid
The Gates Notes

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955)[2] is an American business magnate, investor, programmer,[3] inventor[4] an philanthropist. Gates is the umwhile chief executive an current chairman o Microsoft, the warld’s lairgest personal-computer saftware company, which he co-foondit with Paul Allen.

He is consistently rankit in the Forbes leet o the warld's wealthiest fowk[5] an wis the wealthiest oweraw frae 1995 tae 2009—excludin 2008, when he wis rankit third;[6] in 2011 he wis the wealthiest American an the warld's seicont wealthiest person.[7][8] Accordin tae the Bloomberg Billionaires Leet, Gates is the warld's richest person in 2013, a poseetion that he last held on the leet in 2007.[1]

Durin his career at Microsoft, Gates held the poseetions o CEO an chief saftware architect, an remains the lairgest individual shareholder, wi 6.4 percent o the common stock.[lower-alpha 1] He has an aa authored an co-authored several beuks.

Gates is ane o the baist-kent entrepreneurs o the personal computer revolution. Gates haes been criticized for his business tactics, which hae been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which haes in some cases been upheld bi the coorts.[11][12] In the later stages o his career, Gates haes pursued a nummer o philanthropic endeavors, donatin lairge amoonts o money tae various charitable organizations an scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foondation, established in 2000.[13]

Gates stepped doun as chief executive officer o Microsoft in Januar 2000. He remained as chairman an creatit the poseetion o chief saftware airchitect. In Juin 2006, Gates annoonced that he would be transeetioning frae full-time wirk at Microsoft tae part-time wirk, an full-time wirk at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foondation. He gradually transferred his duties tae Ray Ozzie, chief saftware airchitect, an Craig Mundie, chief research an strategy officer. Gates's last full-time day at Microsoft wis Juin 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.

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  1. Gates regularly documents his share ainership through public U.S. Securities an Exchynge Commission form 4 filins.[9][10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Cuadros, Alex; Harrison, Crayton (May 17, 2013). "Bill Gates Retakes World's Richest Title From Carlos Slim". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  2. Manes 1994, p. 11.
  3. "Bill Gates (American computer programmer, businessman, and philanthropist)". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  4. "Honoring the Inventor: Bill Gates' Patents". Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  5. Wahba, Phil (September 17, 2008). "Bill Gates tops US wealth list 15 years in a row". Reuters. Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2008. 
  6. "William ‘Bill’ Gates", Forbes (profile), retrieved March 2013 .
  7. "The Washington Post". Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. 
  8. "Forbes Billionaires list". Archived from the original on May 25, 2012. 
  9. MSFT (Holdings), NASDAQ .
  10. MSFT (Symbol), NASDAQ .
  11. Manes 1994, p. 459.
  12. Lesinski 2006, p. 96.
  13. "Gates foundation". Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. 

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