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William "Bill" Henry Gates III

Net Worth: around of USD 40 billion(estimated)
(prior to 2007-2009 recession, USD 58+ billion)

Occupation: Chairman of Microsoft Corporation; Co-Chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Primary field of study: Undetermined (Harvard University, did not graduate)
Status: Married to Melinda Gates (1994-present)
Children: Jennifer Katharine(1996),
Rory John(1999), Phoebe Adele(2002)

Bill Gates in Business Suit on White Background
William "Bill" Henry Gates III

Essential Information :
Bill Gates is an American business magnate, philantrophist, and the third richest person in the world as of 2008. He is also the founder of Microsoft Corporation and its current Chairman, as well as being the largest individual shareholder of the multi-billion dollar enterprise. He is also one of the best -known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution -- indeed, one could argue that he made it possible and practicable for the common household to own and use a personal computer.

Biography & Geek Symptoms:
..born October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington to a wealthy family
..father was a prominent lawyer
..mother served ont he board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way
..early in life, his parents had a law career in mind for him
..while in 8th grade at Lakeside School, he took an interest in programming in BASIC, writing a player-vs-computer implementation of tic-tac-toe ..along with 3 friends, he was banned from using computers belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC) after it was discovered that they had exploited bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time
..co-wrote a payroll program in COBOL for Information Sciences, Inc in exchange for computer time and royalties
..still in prep school, he was tasked to author the school's computer program to schedule students in classes; he modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students
..scored 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs

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Milestones in Ingenuity :
..while still in prep school at age 17, Gates formed a venture with Paul Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor
..within 2 years of starting his college education in Harvard, he took a leave of absence and decided instead to start a computer software company, as this timing coincided with the product release of Intel's 8080 CPU (the first sub $200 computer chip that could run BASIC), and he predicted the onset of a computer revolution with a low-cost desktop model at the forefront
..3 decades after he left Harvard in 1975 to pursue his entrepreneurial vision based on a computer revolution, Microsoft, which he co-founded in 1975, has over US$63 billion in assets and over US$250 Billion in market capitalization
..Microsoft Corporation has business interests in software development, gaming consoles, cable television, and employs close to 100,000 people in over 100 countries worldwide

Quotes:
"If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act."
"I wish I wasn't ... There's nothing good that comes out of that. You get more visibility as a result of it." -- on being the world's richest man, circa 2006

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Some über-neat stuff Bill Gates would most likely have:

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) DVD
The founding of Apple & Microsoft

Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) DVD
Starring Noah Wyle, Joey Slotnick

This dramatization of the tangled history of Apple Computer and Microsoft, based on a book by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine, follows the entwined paths of Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates with a pointed sense of the cultural divide between the hip, self-absorbed Apple cofounder and the brilliant alpha geek behind Microsoft's eventual software empire, contrasting the Mac's countercultural underpinnings with the PC's more strait-laced origins...

A must-see movie for every denizen of the information age. <click to see more>

The Road Ahead: Completely Revised and Up-to-Date (Paperback)
Make everyday the 4th of July!

The Road Ahead: Completely Revised and Up-to-Date (Paperback)
Author: Bill H. Gates

Love him or loathe him, Mr. Microsoft is certainly an influential voice in the modern business world and The Road Ahead is definitely an important addition to any business library. Gates' description of the beginnings of the information age, while somewhat over-emphasizing his own contributions and downplaying those of his competitors, is nonetheless as clear and enlightening as any in print today. Likewise, his view of the digital future--from hardware to software and education to entertainment--should be read and studied by all who use technology in their business today or plan to use it on the road ahead. <click to see more>

Bill Gates the Road Ahead CD-ROM [Audiobook]
Unabridged Audio Cassette

Bill Gates the Road Ahead CD-ROM [Audiobook] (Audio CD)
Author: Bill H. Gates

Love him or loathe him, Mr. Microsoft is certainly an influential voice in the modern business world and The Road Ahead is definitely an important addition to any business library. Gates' description of the beginnings of the information age, while somewhat over-emphasizing his own contributions and downplaying those of his competitors, is nonetheless as clear and enlightening as any in print today. Likewise, his view of the digital future--from hardware to software and education to entertainment--should be read and studied by all who use technology in their business today or plan to use it on the road ahead. <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System
Audiobook CD

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System (Abridged Audiobook, AudioCD)
Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer(2nd Ed.)
A chronicle of the computer revolution

Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer(2nd Ed.)(Paperback)Author: Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

In the early 1970s, while Silicon Valley was designing the latest generation of digital wristwatches and pocket calculators, a ragtag group of college dropouts, hippies, and electronics hobbyists were busy creating the future in their garages. What they built was the personal computer, but what they were aiming for was something much more ambitious: a revolution.

The story of how Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and their contemporaries brought the personal computer from science fiction fantasy to today's home and office desktops. <click to see more>

Bill Gates (Biography (a&E)) (Paperback)
He who made Microsoft

Bill Gates (Biography (a&E)) (Paperback)(Revised 2006 Edition)
Author: Jeanne M. Lesinski

A short, easy-to-read biography of one of the world's richest men. The begin- ning chapter outlines Gates's childhood, and includes interesting anecdotes about early signs of competition and genius, while some people thought he was an underachiever. The book focuses on his many professional accomplishments as well as the issues and controversies that he faced throughout his career. Although he emerges as an influential person, Lesinski clearly explains the criticisms lobbed at Microsoft. <click to see more>

Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry -- and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
He who made Microsoft

Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry -- and Made Himself the Richest Man in America (Paperback)
Author: Stephen Manes, Paul Andrews

The life of Bill Gates is indistinguishable from the history of Microsoft he created in 1975, this is as much an industrial history as a biography of a "smart guy" whose work impacts everyone who works with a microcomputer. Writer/programmer Manes and Andrews, a columnist for the Seattle Times , provide refreshing disclosures on the source of their information and reveal the close cooperation of both Gates and other corporate insiders. Rich with detail, this book is thorough and not always laudatory of Gates.
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Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire (Paperback)
His Successes and Failures

Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire (Paperback)
Author: James Wallace, Jim Erickson

Hard Drive charts Gates's missteps as well as his successes: the failure of OS/2 and the embarrassing delays in bringing Windows to the marketplace; the highly publicized split with IBM, which then forged an alliance with Apple to battle Microsoft; the public relations fallout over various exploits of Gates; and the investigations by the Federal Trade Commission. The authors also examine the combative, often abrasive side of Gates's personality that has alienated many of Microsoft's rivals and even employees, and led to his being labeled "The Silicon Bully" by Business Month Magazine. <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy
Paperback Edition

Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999, Paperback) Author: Bill H. Gates

The book is peppered with examples of companies that have already successfully engineered information networks to manage inventory, sales, and customer relationships better. The examples run from Coca-Cola's ability to download sales data from vending machines to Microsoft's own internal practices, such as its reliance on e-mail for company-wide communication and the conversion of most paper processes to digital ones... <click to see more>

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