The figure of Bill Gates

William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born in Seattle, Washington, October 28, 1955, age 56 years) is a business leader, investor, philanthropist, author from the United States, as well as the former CEO who currently serves as chairman of Microsoft, the software company which he founded with Paul Allen. He still ranks among the richest people in the world and was ranked first from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008 when he dropped to third. During his career at Microsoft, Gates has served as CEO and chief software architect, and still the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of common shares of the company. He also has written several books.
Gates was one of the personal computer revolution-known businessman in the world. Although he is admired by many people, some in the industry criticize his business tactics that are considered anti-competitive, an opinion supported by the courts in some cases. In the final stages of his career, Gates did some venture philanthropy by donating a large amount of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founded in 2000.
Gates stepped down as the highest executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He still serves as chairman and form the chief software architect position. On June 2006, Gates announced that he will work part-time at Microsoft and full time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He gradually delegate all work to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Craig Mundie, the highest official Microsoft research and strategy. Last day of work full time at Microsoft's Gates is June 27, 2008. He still works at Microsoft as non-executive chairman.

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