On October 28, 1955 a son was born to William H. Gates Sr and Mary Maxwell Gates. He would go on to achieve fame and commercial success and bring about a revolution almost single handedly. The revolution in question is the advent of computers and the boy is… William Henry Gates III, or you may know him as Bill Gates.
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the most influential figures of our time.
He is an American entrepreneur, business tycoon, philanthropist and even an author. He has achieved unparalleled fame and success, revolutionised the software sector and literally made the personal computer what it is.
He started Microsoft with the vision “A computer on every desk and Microsoft software on every computer”. He changed the way people think of computers and made using the computer user friendly and more convenient.
Even as a boy, Bill was very competitive and hard working. He was extremely ambitious, discovering his true passion, computers, he never let go, persevered and showed unending determination. Today he stands before us as a true testament to what can be achieved with hard work and a never-say- die attitude. He showed enterprise and great vision when he started Traf-O-Data and then later Microsoft with his long time friend Paul Allen.
Bill Gates now, at the age of 53 lives in Washington. He has retired from Microsoft and his total net worth is 40 billion dollars. He was the richest man in 2009 according to Forbes and he lives in a 125 million dollar home on which he pays a property tax of $ 991,000. He recently spent a luxurious 30.8 million dollars on writings by Leonardo da Vinci. Bill is a regular on the Forbes list and was on number one on Forbes 400 from 1993 all the way to 2007.
He was the world’s richest man from 1995 to 2007 and reclaimed his position in 2009.
1999 saw the usage of a new term “centibillionaire” used for the first time on a person. The person was Bill Gates! His fortune briefly reached 101 billion dollars and in 2006 he was paid a salary in total of $966,667 by Microsoft.
Bill Gates, in recent years, has become more of a philanthropist, donating to charity and helping causes. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations and does a lot to help the less fortunate.
Bill Gates has achieved this success believing in the mantra of hard work and dedication. He believes in perseverance and never giving up. One can learn a lot about success from this inspirational icon of our times.
Sometimes people don’t believe that making money and being successful is possible and that’s the one thing that holds them back. Bill Gates believed he would become successful and he did. The power of positive thought and the determination to succeed is more than half the battle. Once you truly believe you can make money… you will make money.
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