Born: October 28, 1955
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, author, the world's third richest person and chairman of Microsoft
, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. Gates was the richest person in the world for 15 consecutive years. During his career at Microsoft
, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.
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