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Bill Gates, with Paul Allen, founded Microsoft. Bill Gates, fully named William Henry III was born October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington USA.   He is regarded as one of the “founding fathers” of the personal computer age. The Microsoft operating system is loaded into a majority of PC’s; the original version of the software, MS-DOS, was originally licensed to IBM. Gates parlayed his success with DOS and IBM into a multibillion dollar worldwide corporation. After holding the CEO and chief software architect positions, Gates is the current chairman of Microsoft and is one of the wealthiest people in the world.

Bill Gates parents were William H. Gates II and Mary Maxwell Gates. His father was an attorney and his mother was a school teacher. She also served as the chairperson of the United Way charity. Gates has two sisters. Bill Gates attended Harvard University in 1973. After meeting Paul Allen, Gates and Allen worked on a version of the programming language BASIC. He dropped out of Harvard in his junior year to start the Microsoft Corporation.

Bill Gates currently resides near Lake Washington with his wife Melinda French Gates and their three children.

As of 2009, he still holds around eight percent of Microsoft stock making him the largest individual shareholder. In 2006 he had an estimated wealth of $53. Through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000, Gates has contributed billions to charity and scientific research. The Foundation has an endowment of over $28 billion, with donations of than $1 billion every year.

Bill Gates has authored or co-authored several books.