Bill, the son of William S. Gates, Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates, was born in Seattle, Washington. His family belonged to the upper middle class, with his father being a prominent lawyer and his mother serving on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem, and had two sisters.
At a young age, young Gates was already fascinated with anything that is related to computers and by age 13, he made his first computer program using an ASR-33 teletype terminal and the block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer from a rummage sale. Since then, he has made numerous codes albeit the initial doubt and jitters. He co-wrote a payroll program in COBOL for Information Sciences, Inc., wrote the prep school's student scheduling program, and studied source code for various programs such as FORTRAN, LISP and machine language.
By age 17, he already made traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor and served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives. Later, he and his good friend Paul Allen decided to name their business partnership Microsoft which meant he cannot continue with his studies at Harvard. His interrupted schooling opened up a whole new world of vast opportunities that went beyond anyone's imagination and was a huge step towards his business success.
Microsoft's early years saw the development of the BASIC program and its partnership with IBM wherein MS-DOS was born. Through it all, Gates oversaw the company's business details while writing code as well, personally reviewing every line of code and often rewrote them as he saw fit. The IBM-Microsoft partnership didn't last that long due to creative differences and by May 1991, the partnership was announced over.
Microsoft wasn't a business success for nothing and Gates' eclectic management style made it to be just that. He was never predictable in his management style, making the company's long-term interests his primary goal and imbibing it to his employees as well.
He became active with philanthropic work through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the largest transparently operated charitable foundation in the world), only doing part-time work for Microsoft.
Attaining business success and being one of the top billionaires of the world did not blind Bill Gates of the true essence of living. His business success story shows that his accomplishments were only the beginning of a worthwhile personal and public journey a journey that has already been carved in history as his personal legacy for many years to come. Giving back has indeed made his business success story brighter than the rest, and an inspiration to those who want to follow after his lead.