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Born on Oct 28 1955 Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters Their father William H Gates II is a Seattle attorney Their late mother Mary Gates was a schoolteacher University of Washington regent and chairwoman of United Way International Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School There he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13 In 1973 Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer now Microsofts chief executive officer While at Harvard Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair In his junior year Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home they began developing software for personal computers Gates foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry Gates was married on Jan 1 1994 to Melinda French Gates They have three children Age 13 1968 Bill Gates and Paul Allen his classmate formed a programming group Age 14 1969 - Bill Gates Paul Allen make 4200 writing scheduling programs for their school Age 15 1970 - Gates began also working on computers at University of Washington campus Age 17 1972 - Gates Allen started a company called Traf-O-Data produced a small computer that measured traffic flow Grossed 20000 from this business Age 17 1972 - TRW defense contractor offered Gates a job fixing bugs Gates became a serious programmer Age 19 1974 - At Harvard Gates keeps up the fascination for computers That summer Gates got a job at Honeywell with Paul Allen Talked about forming a computer company Gates earned 4200 in the summer job Gates also
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