William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle. He is better known as just Bill Gates. He is an American entrepreneur and social activist, co-creator (with Paul Allen) of the largest company, Microsoft. Until June 2008 he was the head of the company. Then he left and he became the non-executive chairman. He is also the co-chair of the charity company Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, he was qualified as the richest man on the planet. In 2009, he had $ 50 billion. Bill Gates is one of the champions speaking about the funds transferred to charity. In February 2010, Gates made a proposal to all the billionaires to transfer half of their income on charitable activities.
Gates was born in Seattle (Washington) in the family of the corporate lawyer, William Henry Gates II and the member of the board of directors of First Interstate Bank, Pacific Northwest Bell and the National Council of United Way, Mary Maxwell Gates. In 1975, Gates co-founded the company with Allen Micro-Soft, later named Microsoft Corporation. According to the Forbes, Gates donated money to the presidential campaign of George W. Bush in 2004. According to Center for Responsible Politics, Gates donated at least $ 33,335 to more than 50 political campaigns. On December 14, 2004 Bill Gates went to the board of Berkshire Hathaway, thus formalizing his relationship with Warren Buffett. On June 15, 2008 Bill Gates announced his intention to leave Microsoft. He intended to devote himself entirely to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation charity company. In 2008, Gates resigned and Steve Ballmer became the president of Microsoft. In 2008, in Kirkland (Wash., USA), Bill Gates registered his third company, called «bgC3».
On January 1, 1994 Gates married Melinda. They have three children - Jennifer Katherine, Rory John and Phoebe Adele. In 1994, Gates bought Codex Leicester - a collection of works by Leonardo da Vinci. Since 2003, it has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Seattle.
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