On October 28th 1955 a boy named William Henry Gates III was born in Seattle, Washington. When Bill was 13 years old he had his first experience with a computer and he was immediately hooked. The more he played with computers the more he realized how they could play a key role in the world’s future. When Bill was 20 years old he believed one day that there would be a computer in every home. Later that year he founded a company called Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen and began developing software for computers. Microsoft became a huge success and by 31 years old Bill became the youngest American billionaire. After much success he realized he should be focusing his time and money towards making a positive change for those less fortunate. At 45 years old he and his wife, Melinda, started the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation whose slogan is “All Lives Have Equal Value”. The goal of the foundation is to empower struggling communities around the world to tackle 3 major problems: disease, poverty, and lack of education. Bill also started a campaign called “The Giving Pledge” with another multimillionaire named Warren Buffet. The pledge encourages the world’s wealthiest people to donate a portion of their income and savings to charity. He wants to make an impact on this world and wants others to get involved as well.
Top 3 Takeaways:
- Bill Gates uses the money he has made to help those less fortunate.
- Bill Gates is working to fight disease, poverty, and lack of education around the world.
- Bill Gates has helped other wealthy people get involved to help make this world a better place.
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