Original Name William Henry Gates III, He is a millionaire and Microsoft founder who was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington. He was the son of William Henry Gates II and Mary Maxwell. His father is a lawyer and his mother is a businessman. Gates was educated by his parents with discipline. Since childhood, he was taught discipline and hard work. Not only at home, Gates is also very controlled in his association. His parents were really involved one hundred percent in Gates’s life.
The education of his parents was felt in Gates’s life. since childhood, he was taught to diligently read. At the age of 10 years, Bill Gates has succeeded in completing the World Book Encyclopedia book so that his knowledge has been honed since childhood. His parents really supported the hobby of Bill Gates. They always buy books according to Gates’ request.
His love for the book turned out to make his mother worried. Because, Gates only struggles with his book than any other life. Therefore, Gates is often involved in disputes with his mother because of his habit of reading books. His mother tried to control Gates’s habits in order to balance between the hobby of reading with his other life.
Gates is known as a diligent and intelligent child. It’s just that, he looks bored quickly. At the age of 13, Gates studied at an exclusive school, Lakeside School. There, he was known as a very clever student. However, Gates began to grow into a selfish child. He began to dislike being controlled by his parents.
One time, Gates quarreled with his mother at the dinner table. In fact, Gates said a harsh word to his mother. This fight made his father angry until he threw a drink bottle in Gates’s face. They are disappointed to see their children begin to wear. Therefore, they took him to a counselor. The counselor stated that Gates would always win in a fight so that he should not be too restrained. Gates just needs to be controlled so as not to deviate and go too far.
Finally, Gates’ parents let him grow independently and not rein in him too much. Gates also likes adventure to channel his hobby of fiddling with computers. Gates often spent the night at the University of Washington to play free computers. He also worked part time as a programmer at a power plant in Washington.
Gates was one of the students who was known to be good at writing computer programs, in addition to three friends, namely Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans. However, the four students were then banned from using the computer again because the school was caught developing a bug on the computer system. Before the four students were completely banned from using the computer, the school told them to find the bug. However, instead of finding the bug, Bill Gates instead headed to the computer headquarters and studied the source code of various programs running on the system, such as Fortran, Lisp, and machine language.
That’s where Bill Gates’s knowledge of the programming language is growing. The following year, a programming company called Information Sciences, Inc. Heard the expertise of the four friends and hired him to write a system program Paying salary by using COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language). besides getting a salary, they are also allowed to use office computers as long as possible.
In 1973, Bill Gates Iulus from Lakeside School with almost perfect grades. Then, Bill Gates continued his education by studying at Harvard University. However, Bill Gates had already occupied himself with writing programming languages so that his studies were abandoned. Gates would rather spend his time with Paul Allen.
Gates began to get bored with his studies at Harvard. Therefore, he applied for computer-related jobs in the Boston area. He suggested to Paul Allen to work at Honey-well so that later he could build his dream of building a software company.
In December, Paul Allen saw a picture of a revolutionary new assembled microcomputer, the MITS Altair 8080 (this small computer became the forerunner of a later PC) on the front cover of Popular Mechanics magazine published in January 1975. This made Allen meet Gates and invited him to develop a language for this simple little machine. That’s when they found their way of life.
Mereka pergi ke Harvard untuk menulis sebuah adaptasi dari program bahasa BASIC. Gates dan Allen percaya bahwa komputer kecil tersebut dapat melakukan keajaiban. Dari sana pula mereka mempunyai mimpi bahwa komputer harus tersedia di setiap meja tulis dalam setiap rumah tangga.
pada tahun 1974, MITS Altair 8800 berbasis CPU Intel 8080 diluncurkan. Ternyata, hal itu memicu berkembangnya ide Gates untuk mendirikan perusahaan perangkat lunak dengan menggandeng Paul Allen sebagai mitranya. Bill Gates kemudian menghubungi MITS dan menawarkan sistem operasi berbasis BASIC yang dapat dipakai sebagai platformnya. MITS pun menyetujui penawaran Gates.
Sistem operasi pertamanya ini dinamai Altair Basic. Kemudian, Bill Gates bersama Paul Allen memberikan nama pada perusahaan software-nya dengan nama”Micro-soft”. Namun, tanda sambung tersebut kemudian dihilangkan sehingga sampai sekarang menjadi “Microsoft” dengan Bill Gates sebagai pemegang saham pribadi terbesar.
Keahlian Bill Gates bersama Microsoft dalam menulis bahasa pemrograman untuk komputer semakin dikenal luas. Pada tahun 1980, IBM mengumumkan bahwa ia memerlukan sebuah sistem operasi untuk PC-nya. Mereka pun meminta Microsoft untuk membuatkannya. Bill Gates membuatkannya dengan nama sistem operasi 86 DOS atau QDOS yang kemudian dikirim ke IBM dalam bentuk PC-DOS. Bill Gates mendapat imbalan sebesar US$ 50,000. Microsoft juga tidak mengajukan pemindahan hak cipta perangkat Iunaknya kepada IBM. Dari situlah akhirnya penjualan MS-DOS menjadikan Microsoft sebagai pemain utama perangkat lunak dalam industri komputer. Seandainya lisensi perangkat lunak yang ditulis oleh Bill Gates tersebut dijual kepada IBM, mungkin saja IBM yang mendapatkan untung besar dan menguasai pasar. Otak Bill Gates memang sangat revolusioner. Selain pintar menghasilkan program yang sederhana dan bermutu, ia juga pandai dalam menjualnya.
Sistem operasi Windows sampai sekarang masih sangat dominan dipakai komputer. Sebab, hingga saat ini belum ada pesaing yang cukup berarti. Gates pun dinobatkan sebagai orang terkaya di dunia dengan harta kekayaan yang diestimasi sekitar US$61 miliar.
”Saya mengambil langkah raksasa dan segera. Jika Anda tidak bereaksi ketika sudah berada di tempat dan waktu yang tepat, serta memiliki visi ke mana teknologi baru akan menuju, Anda tidak akan pernah bisa sukses, ” katanya mengenai resep suksesnya.
Saat ini, Bill Gates memang sudah pensiun mengurusi Microsoft. Dia memilih fokus pada urusan kemanusiaan di yayasan Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sampai tahun 2007, total sumbangan yang diberikan Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation mencapai US$ 28 miliar. Yayasan ini dianggap sebagai salah satu yayasan yang paling banyak menyumbangkan uang untuk kegiatan kemanusiaan.
Bill Gates sendiri dilaporkan telah memberikan persentase besar dari hartanya untuk aktivitas filantropi, yaitu sebesar 48%. Dia bergabung dengan dermawan kaya lain yang juga mempunyai jejak sama, seperti Andrew Carnegie dan Warren Buffet.
They went to Harvard to write an adaptation of the BASIC language program. Gates and Allen believe that these small computers can do wonders. From there they also have a dream that computers must be available at every desk in each household.
in 1974, MITS Altair 8800 based on the Intel 8080 CPU was launched. Apparently, it triggered the development of Gates’ idea to set up a software company by collaborating with Paul Allen as his partner. Bill Gates then contacted MITS and offered a BASIC-based operating system that could be used as a platform. MITS also agreed to Gates’ offer.
The first operating system was named Altair Basic. Then, Bill Gates and Paul Allen gave the name of the software company under the name “Micro-soft”. However, the connection was subsequently removed so far it has become “Microsoft” with Bill Gates as the largest private shareholder.
The expertise of Bill Gates with Microsoft in writing programming languages for computers is increasingly well-known. In 1980, IBM announced that it needed an operating system for its PC. They also asked Microsoft to make it. Bill Gates made it with the name of the 86 DOS or QDOS operating system which was then sent to IBM in the form of PC-DOS. Bill Gates received a reward of US $ 50,000. Microsoft also does not propose the transfer of copyright of its software to IBM. That’s where finally MS-DOS sales made Microsoft the main player in the computer industry. If the software license written by Bill Gates was sold to IBM, maybe IBM had gotten a big profit and controlled the market. Bill Gates’s brain was indeed very revolutionary. Besides being smart in producing simple and quality programs, he is also good at selling them.
The Windows operating system is still very dominantly used by computers. Because, until now there are no significant competitors. Gates was named the richest person in the world with estimated assets of around US $ 61 billion.
“I took a giant step and immediately. If you don’t react when you are in the right place and time, and have a vision of where new technology will go, you will never be able to succeed, “he said of the recipe for success.
At present, Bill Gates has retired to take care of Microsoft. He chose to focus on humanitarian affairs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Until 2007, the total donations given by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reached US $ 28 billion. This foundation is considered as one of the most donating foundations for humanitarian activities.
Bill Gates himself was reported to have given a large percentage of his property to philanthropic activities, which amounted to 48%. He joins other wealthy benefactors who also have the same footsteps, such as Andrew Carnegie and Warren Buffet.