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Bill Gates. The Road Ahead. Chapter 1. The First Part of the Road. I wrote my first program for a computer when I was thirteen years old. A program tells a. William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, He is one of the world's richest people and perhaps the most successful businessman ever. No one underestimated Bill Gates, though. Too many people had done that in the past. Most of the guests in the audience already knew.

Gates had advised Apple to license their software but they ignored the advice, being more interested in selling computers.

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Once again, Gates took full advantage of the situation and created a software format that was strikingly similar to the Macintosh. Apple threatened to sue and Microsoft retaliated, saying it would delay shipment of its Microsoft compatible software for Macintosh users. In the end, Microsoft prevailed in the courts because it could prove that while there were similarities in how the two software systems operated, each individual function was distinctly different.

Gates held 45 percent of the company's Over time, the company's stock increased in value and split numerous times. Since then, Gates has been on the top or near the top of Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest people. Yet, Bill Gates never felt totally secure about the status of his company.

Always having to look over his shoulder to see where the competition was, he developed a white hot drive and competitive spirit. Gates expected everyone in the company to have the same drive and dedication. One story goes that one of Gates' assistants had come to work early to find someone sleeping under a desk. She considered calling security or the police when she discovered it was Gates. Bill Gates' intelligence allowed him to be able to see all sides of the software industry— product development and corporate strategy.

When analyzing any corporate move, he would develop a profile of all the possible cases and run through them, asking questions about anything that could possibly happen. His confrontational management style became legend as he would challenge employees and their ideas to keep the creative process going.

An unprepared presenter would hear, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! But this was as much a test of the rigor of the employee as it was Gates' passion for his company.

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He was constantly testing the people around him to see if they were really convinced of their ideas. Outside the company, Bill Gates was gaining a reputation as a ruthless competitor. Rather than give into the pressure, Gates pushed ahead with the Windows software, improving its operation and expanding its uses. In , Microsoft introduced Microsoft Office which bundled office productivity applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel into one system that was compatible with all Microsoft products.

This left Microsoft with a virtual monopoly on operating systems for PCs. Soon the Federal Trade Commission began to investigate Microsoft for unfair marketing practices.

Microsoft faced a string of Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department investigations throughout the s. Some related allegations that Microsoft made unfair deals with computer manufactures who installed the Windows operating system on their computers.

Other charges involved Microsoft forcing computer manufactures to sell Microsoft's Internet Explorer as a condition for selling the Windows operating system with their computers. At one point, Microsoft faced a possible break up of its two divisions—operating systems and software development. Microsoft defended itself, harking back to Bill Gates' earlier battles with software piracy, and proclaiming that such restrictions were a threat to innovation.


Eventually, Microsoft was able to find a settlement with the federal government to avoid a breakup. Through it all, Gates found some inventive ways to deflect the pressure with light- hearted commercials and public appearances at computer trade shows posing as Star Trek's Mr.

Gates continued to run the company and weather the federal investigations through the s. In , a year-old Microsoft executive named Melinda French caught the eye of Bill Gates, then The very bright and organized Melinda was a perfect match for Gates.

In time, their relationship grew as they discovered an intimate and intellectual connection. On January 1, , Melinda and Bill were married in Hawaii. But only a few months later heartbreak struck Bill Gates as his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died in June Gates was devastated. Bill and Melinda took some time off in to travel to several countries and get a new perspective on life and the world. In , their first daughter, Jennifer, was born. A year later, Gates moved his family into a 55, sq ft.

Though the house serves as a business center, it is said to be a very cozy home for the couple and their three children. With the influence of his wife Melinda, Gates took an interest in filling his mother's role as a civic leader. He began to realize that he had an obligation to give more of his wealth to charity. Being the consummate student he was, Gates studied the philanthropic work of Andrew Carnegie and John D.

Rockefeller, titans of the American industrial revolution.

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In , Gates and his wife established the William H. Gates Foundation which was dedicated to supporting education, world health, and investment in low-income communities. In , the couple combined several family foundations to form the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Bill Gates stepped down from the day-to-day operations of Microsoft in , turning over the job of CEO to college friend Steve Ballmer who had been with Microsoft since He positioned himself as chief software architect so he could concentrate on what was for him the more passionate side of the business. He still remains chairman of the board. Over the next few years, his involvement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation occupied much of his time and even more of his interest.

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