Bill Gates

by Caitlin from Monroe

“I believe that with great wealth come great responsibility-a responsibility to give back to the society.”

My Hero is William Henry, “Bill” Gates, he was born on October 28, 1955 into an upper class family. His parents were both well educated and Bill was meant to succeed. At the age of 13 he enrolled in Lakeside School which is an exclusive preparatory school at which he found a club that programmed things into the computer and Bill took interest in that and began programming the GE system and later on figured out and ended up creating and writing his first computer game it was kind of like tic-tac-toe.

To get free computer time he helped the school find bugs in there system “ccc’s.” The school after noticing his abilities he was hired as a teacher and he programmed the computer to give him mostly girls. As Bill said “I found it hard to tear myself away from the machine that I could so easily demonstrate success.”At age 17 Bill formed a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to do traffic counters based on an Intel 8008 processor. In 1977 bill got a traffic violation and had to get a mug shot.

Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973, he also scored an outstanding 1590 out of 1600 on his SAT and enrolled in Harvard College in the autumn of 1973. While at Harvard, Bill met Steve Ballmer, who later succeeded Gates as CEO of Microsoft. He didn’t have a definite study plan at Harvard, he spent most of his time on the schools computers. Gates and Allen saw an opportunity to start there own computer Software Company, he had talked this over with his parents and they were 100% supportive.

After becoming Microsoft computer software’s company CEO he had now accumulated a lot of money and William Bill gates became a big philanthropist a person who donates money to less fortunate people such as Bill Gates funded UCEC and a lot of Early colleges he also donated money to Pakistan for underground learning for girls because in some places girls can't learn. Bill Gates once said, “I believe that with great wealth come great responsibility-a responsibility to give back to the society.” and to this quote I believe he kept true. Bill Gates and his wife made a foundation and their foundation donated 1 million dollars for scholarships for qualified minority students. And this is what makes him my hero!

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Last edited 6/17/2010 12:00:00 AM

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