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Bill Gates is one of the most influential people in the world He is cofounder of the most recognized brands in the computer industry with nearly every desk top computer using at least one software program from Microsoft According to Forbes magazine Gates is the wealthiest man in the world and has been in the number 1 position for at least seven years Gates was born and grew up in Seattle Washington USA His father William H Gates II was a Seattle attorney and his mother Mary Maxwell Gates was a school teacher and chairperson of the United Way charity Gates and his two sisters had a comfortable upbringing with Gates able to attend the exclusive secondary Lakeside School Bill Gates started studying at Harvard University in 1973 where he met up with Paul Allen Gates and Allen gates worked on a version of the programming language BASIC that was the basis for the MITS Altair the first microcomputer available He did not go on to graduate from Harvard University as he left in his junior year to start what was to become the largest computer software company in the world Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates and the Microsoft Corporation To enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential Microsoft Mission Statement After dropping out of Harvard Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen set about revolutionizing the computer industry Gates believed there should be a computer on every office desk and in every home In 1975 the company Micro-soft was formed an abbreviation of microcomputer software It soon became simply Microsoft and went on to completely change the way people use computers Microsoft helped to make the computer easier to use with its developed and purchased software and made it a commercial success The success of Microsoft began with the MS-DOS computer operating system that Gates licensed to IBM Gates also set about protecting the royalties
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