The chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation, the world’s leading software firm.
Bill Gates wrote his first computer program when he was 13 years old. It was a program to play farmer-chess on. The computer he used was big, heavy, and slow and he was totally obsessed. The computer did not have a screen, so they made there move, and they ran over to a big printer and looked at the score or who had won. If they did it on paper each move would take about 30 sec. but on the computer it took almost the whole lunchtime.
Bill established an arrangement with the owners of the computer, that he would get free computer-time if he found things that would make the computer crash. During this time Bill met Paul Allen, his business partner for the rest of his life. Together they started a small company called Traf-o-Data, they sold a small computer outfitted with their program that could count traffic for the city. This company wasn’t a big success but it did earn the two boys some money as well as good business skills. He told his teachers that he would be a millionaire by the time he was 30, this was one of the few times he underestimated himself, Bill was a billionaire when he was 31.
Bill left Harvard for business opportunities in programming which turned him into a multi-billionaire. It’s very interesting that even whit all that money Bill drives himself to work in an average family car and he even flies coach. Gates made an operative system that he called Microsoft Disk Operative System, or MS-DOS, he sold it to IBM.
Gates then persuaded IBM to give up its secret design specifications in favour of an open system for its personal computer, thereby allowing other software makers to build software for it more easily, since they would know how the operating system functioned. About 100 companies, eager to be IBM-compatible, obtained licenses for MS-DOS quickly making it major operating system for personal computers.
One reason that Bill Gates is so successful is that he did not underestimate himself. He always believed on himself. It’s very interesting that even whit all that money, Bill still drives himself to work in an average family car, and he even flies coach. Bill Gates said that he would become a millionaire before he became thirty, and he made it! When he was born, his family established a million-dollar trust fund for him. I guess that without his fund, he could never go to Harvard without it.!