Bill Gates' personal net worth is estimated to be around $76 billion which makes him the richest person in the whole wide world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he and his wife set up in the year 1997, gives away nearly $4 billion a year.
The Financial Times wrote, "through the stroke of pen on cheque book, Gates probably now has the power to affect the lives and well-being of a larger number of his fellow humans than any other private individual in history."
Let’s get to know what made to where he is right now:
Sharing his journey so far
"It's pretty amazing to go from a world where computers were unheard of and very complex to where they're a tool of everyday life. That was the dream that I wanted to make come true, and in a large part, it's unfolded as I'd expected. You can argue about advertising business models or which networking protocol would catch on or which screen sizes would be used for which things. There are fewer robots now than I would have guessed."
On the success of Microsoft
"Most of our competitors were one-product wonders ... They would do their one product, but never get their engineering sorted out."They did not think about software in this broad way. They did not think about tools or efficiency. They would therefore do one product, but would not renew it to get it to the next generation."
Collaborating with Apple
"We had really bet our future on the Macintosh being successful, and then, hopefully, graphics interfaces, in general, being successful, but first and foremost, the thing that would popularize that being the Macintosh. So we were working together. The schedules were uncertain. The quality was uncertain. The price. When Steve first came up, it was going to be a lot cheaper computer than it ended up being, but that was fine."
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