Bill Gates Facts for Kids

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  • Name: Bill Gates (William Henry Gates III)
  • Profession: Businessman and Software Developer
  • Born: October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Spouse: Melinda Gates
  • Alma Mater: Harvard University (dropped out)
  • Legacy: Famous for co-founding Microsoft and creating Windows OS

28 Bill Gates Facts for Kids

  1. Bill Gates is a businessman and software developer from the United States of America.
  2. Bill Gates is famous for co-founding Microsoft and the development of the Windows operating system.
  3. Bill Gates was born on October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, United States.
  4. The legal birthname for Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III.
  5. Bill Gates is the son of William Henry Gates II (attorney) and Mary Maxwell Gates (businesswoman).
  6. Bill Gates is one of the three children by William and Mary Gates.
  7. Bill Gates married Melinda Gates (née French) in 1994 during a private ceremony in Lanai, Hawaii.
  8. Bill and Melinda Gates had three children together.
  9. In 1968, Gates wrote his first software program at the age of 13 while attending Lakeside prep school.
  10. In 1973, Gates is accepted into Harvard University and in 1975 would leave the school without graduating.
  11. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen formed the company Micro-soft.
  12. In 1976, Gates and Allen change the company name from Micro-soft to Microsoft.
  13. In 1985, Gates and Microsoft launched the Windows 1.0 operating system.
  14. In 1994, Chief Executive Officers magazine names Bill Gates CEO of the Year.
  15. In 1994, Gates bought a collection of scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci known as the Codex Leicester.
  16. In 1995, Gates and Microsoft launched the Windows 95 operating system.
  17. In 2000, Gates steps down from the CEO position at Microsoft and becomes the Chief Software Architect. Steve Ballmer assumes the roll of CEO at Microsoft.
  18. In 2000, Gates and his wife Melinda establish the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.
  19. In 2001, Gates and Microsoft release the Xbox console video gaming system.
  20. In 2002, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation successfully installs 47,000 computes in all 50 of the U.S. States.
  21. In 2006, Warren Buffet pledges most of his wealth to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.
  22. In 2006, Gates started TerraPower, a nuclear reactor design company.
  23. In 2007, Gates and Steve Jobs, two major rivals, do an interview together at D5 Conference.
  24. In 2008, Gates ceases day-to-day operations at Microsoft, be remains the chairman of the board.
  25. In 2013, Gates funded ResearchGate, a social network for researches and scientists.
  26. In 2014, Gates steps down as the chairman of the board for Microsoft but retains a seat on the board.
  27. In 2016, Gates and his wife Melinda are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barrack Obama.
  28. In 2019, the documentary “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates” was released on Netflix.

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