Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bill Gates returns to Stanford to lecture, not study

NPO | PHILANTHROPY iWeb | http://bit.ly/cx2o6A | Bill Gates is one of the most influential people in the world. He is cofounder of one of the most recognized brands in the computer industry with nearly every desk top computer using at least one software program from Microsoft. According to the Forbes magazine, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world and has held the number one position for many years.

Gates was born and grew up in Seattle, Washington USA. His father, William H. Gates II was a Seattle attorney and his mother, Mary Maxwell Gates was a school teacher and chairperson of the United Way charity. Gates and his two sisters had a comfortable upbringing, with Gates being able to attend the exclusive secondary "Lakeside School".

Bill Gates started studying at Harvard University in 1973 where he spent time with Paul Allen. Gates and Allen worked on a version of the programming language BASIC, that was the basis for the MITS Altair (the first microcomputer available). He
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Bill Gates talks philanthropy, science, child rearing at Stanford

Billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates yearns to return to college.

He fulfilled that dream on Monday by speaking — not studying — at Stanford University, offering opinions on topics ranging from career paths to child rearing.

As chairman of the world's largest foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he implored students to apply the same energy to tackle challenges like improving education and boosting international health.

"I'd like to go back to college, so I'm doing that a day at a time," appealing to students to think big. "We need the brightest minds working on the most important problems."

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