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On October 28 1955 William Henry Gates lll was born Gates and his two sisters grew up in Seattle Washington His late mother was a teacher and his father is a lawyer Gates went to public school until junior high in which he attended Lakeside School where he met Paul Allen In 1968 at the age 13 Gates began programming computers Soon afterward Gates Allen and some other students convinced a computer company to give them full access to a new minicomputer in exchange they would try to find flaws in the system Gates spent most of his time on the computer figuring out its program language In 1972 Gates and Allen started their first business They made car-counting machines for traffic analysis Gates was attending Harvard in 1975 when he teamed up with Paul Allen again but this time to write a BASIC programming language for the Altair 8800 the first personal computer That same year Gates in his junior year dropped out of college and founded the company which will make him the richest man in the world Microsoft Microsoft which Gates started with his good friend Paul Allen who else was originally a computer programming business In 1981 Microsoft came out with their first operating system MSDOS which is now standard on every computer which they made a deal to make it come with every IBM computer Other computer companies started using MSDOS also After their success with MSDOS Gates started to make other kinds of programs like Microsofts Word which is a word processor program Microsoft expanded rapidly in the 1980s to the 1990s Microsoft later came out with the Windows operating system which is now the most used operating system Gates success continued to grow and in 1987 at the age of 31 he became the youngest self-made billionaire in American history In 1998 Bill Gates had more than 50 billion making him the richest person in the world
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