Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft and one of the world’s richest men, is stepping down from his job running the world’s largest software company. Gates, who made his fortune through developing software for the personal computer, plans to devote his time to charity work. As a teenager, Gates had a vision of a personal computer on every desk in every home.He says he caught sight of the future and based his career on what he saw.
The son of a successful lawyer from Seatle, United States, Gates programmed his first computer at the age of 13. During his two years at Harvard University, he spent much of his time fine-tuning his programming skills. He eventually dropped out of college and moved to Albuquerque in New Mexico, where he set up Microsoft with his childhood friend, Paul Allen.
Their big break came in 1980, when Microsoft signed an agreeement with international Business Machine, IBM, to build the operating system that became known as Microsoft Disc Operating System, MS-DOS, Microsoft went public in 1986 and within a year, Gates, at 31, had become the youngest self-made billionaire. Gates explained that Microsoft benefitted because” most of our competitors were very poorly run”, He added that they did not understand how to bring in people with business experience and people with engineering experience and put them together.