Gates Bill

Bill Gates (1955– ), 8th cousin

Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation

William Henry “Bill” Gates III[1] is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist and author.  As of 2012, he is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen.  He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009 (excluding 2008, when he was ranked third).  During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect and remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock.  He has also authored or co-authored several books.  Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.  Gates has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts.  In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.  Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in January 2000, but he remained as Chairman and created the position of Chief Software Architect.  In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer.  Gates’ last full-time day at Microsoft was 27 Jun 2008.

 

William Henry (“Bill”) Gates III (1955 – ), 8th cousin – Mary Maxwell (1929 – 1994) – James Willard Maxwell (1901 – 1960) – James Willard Maxwell (1864 – 1930) – Louise Mary Woodworth (1841 – 1900) – Emiline Keeler Brush (1821 – ) – Polly Keeler (1780 – 1865) – Lydia Keeler (1751 – 1832) – Silas Keeler (1724 – 1774) – Joseph Keeler (1684 – 1757) – Lot Keeler (1720 – 1765) – David Keeler (1746 – 1812) – David Keeler (1771 – 1846) – Sophronia Keeler (1804 – 1879) – William Benson Watkins (1836 – 1898) – Paul Watkins (1864 – 1931) – Florence Eugenie Watkins (1903 – 1985) – Penelope Jane Walholm (1939 – ) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom



[1] He is the fourth of his name in his family, but is known as William Gates III or “Trey”, because his father used  the “II” suffix.

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