Many believe that Bill Gates, founder of the world’s largest software firm, is one of the greatest business leaders of this generation. Microsoft Corporation is a name that has revolutionized business and just about every aspect of our lives.
Although this claim may be refuted by many, there is no denying the fact that Bill Gates is a fixture that simply cannot be erased in the history of the international business community.
Bill Gates – You Either Love Him Or You Hate Him
Bill Gates’ story is not a ‘rags to riches’ fairytale. Instead, it is a great example of what one can do with the talents one possesses. Gates was born to wealthy parents and demonstrated excellence in school.
At an early age, he displayed his expertise in the fields of math and science. Gates breezed through his primary and secondary education and in 1973, he enrolled in Harvard University to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree specializing in Computer Science. It is at Harvard where he met Steve Ballmer, his future business partner.
At Harvard, Gates, together with Paul Allen and Monte Davidoff, co-wrote Altair BASIC for the Altair 8800. After this, Gates left Harvard to pursue a career in software development instead.
In 1975, Gates called Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS) to inform them that his group has developed a version of the programming language BASIC for their new microcomputer’s platform.
Although this was not true, Gates and Allen were able to produce the said version after only eight weeks which MITS bought shortly after. This shows Gates’ confidence in himself and his ability. At this point, Gates and Allen had both left Harvard to establish Micro-Soft (later changed to Microsoft Corporation) and the rest, as they say, is history.
As a business leader, many find themselves having to decide whether Gates has been ‘ethical’ in his business practices. Why?
The growth of Microsoft is largely due to the fact that Gates ensured that most computers that shipped out came with Microsoft software pre-installed, thereby ‘killing’ any desire by consumers to purchase any other type of software.
Due to this, Microsoft has been subjected to various antitrust litigations over the years. For this reason, many discussions have come up with the topic being whether Bill Gates is one of the greatest business leaders of our time or just a conniving businessman. Whatever one thinks, one thing is for sure, the name Bill Gates will continue to resonate in the field of business.
The Bill Gates Quick Bio
Full Name: William Henry Gates III
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Key Success Traits: Self-confident, Undeniable risk-taker, Man of action
Company: Microsoft Corporation
Industry: Computers, Software, Electronics
- Bill Gates is one of the richest men in the world with a net worth of approximately US$93 billion.
- Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a charitable institution, which to date has donated billions of dollars to help eradicate illiteracy, poverty, and diseases.