Bill Gates

(William Henry Gates III)

Bill Gates
Bill Gates
  • Born: October 28, 1955
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Business Magnate, Investor, Author, Philanthropist, Humanitarian

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William Henry Gates III, KBE, DFBCS is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.

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Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's kind of a religious belief. I mean, it's at least a moral belief.
Google's done a super good job on search; Apple's done a great job on the IPod.
The ideal thing would be to have a 100 percent effective AIDS vaccine. And to have broad usage of that vaccine. That would literally break the epidemic.
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I remember thinking quite logically that I didn't want to spoil my children with wealth and so that I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.
Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems, then people will hold back. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.
By 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all new U.S. jobs will require workers with an education beyond high school. For our young people to get those jobs, they first need to graduate from high school ready to start a postsecondary education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
The malaria parasite has been killing children and sapping the strength of whole populations for tens of thousands of years. It is impossible to calculate the harm malaria has done to the world.
Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in. Communication & Communications
What's amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It's so far away in time that they can't appreciate what it means for their whole life. Life ;Time
At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top - I'm afraid that's not quite right.
Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it's digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules - not just for governments but for private companies.
Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
People don't want lots and lots of single purpose devices. They do not want to have to learn how to set up something for photos, another thing for music, another thing for video. Music, Chants & Rapps
Eradications are special. Zero is a magic number. You either do what it takes to get to zero and you're glad you did it; or you get close, give up and it goes back to where it was before, in which case you wasted all that credibility, activity, money that could have been applied to other things. Money, Coins & Minting
Corruption is one of the most common reasons I hear in views that criticize aid.
The tool that's most associated with the recent progress against malaria is the long-lasting bed net. Bed nets are a fantastic innovation. But we can do even better. We can invent new ways to control the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.
If you're a person struggling to eat and stay healthy, you might have heard about Michael Jordan or Muhammad Ali, but you'll never have heard of Bill Gates.
I don't like typing messages on my phone. Some people get used to it.
Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you're good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.
The truth of Moore's law has made remarkable things possible. On the software side, I think natural user interfaces in all their forms are equally significant. Truth
In ninth grade, I came up with a new form of rebellion. I hadn't been getting good grades, but I decided to get all A's without taking a book home. I didn't go to math class, because I knew enough and had read ahead, and I placed within the top 10 people in the nation on an aptitude exam.
Countries which receive aid do graduate. Within a generation, Korea went from being a big recipient to being a big aid donor. China used to get quite a bit of aid; now it's aid-neutral.
There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer.
Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.
We are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy.
Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.
If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
Certainly I'll never be able to put myself in the situation that people growing up in the less developed countries are in. I've gotten a bit of a sense of it by being out there and meeting people and talking with them.
The common thread for everything I do is this idea of a Web-services architecture. What does that mean? It means taking components of software and systems and having them be self-describing, so that you can aim them, ask them what their capabilities are, and communicate with them using a standard protocol.
If you have 50 different plug types, appliances wouldn't be available and would be very expensive. But once an electric outlet becomes standardized, many companies can design appliances, and competition ensues, creating variety and better prices for consumers.
The 'Billionaire' song is what my kids tease me with. They sing it to me. It's funny. Humor
Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. Future
The future of advertising is the Internet. Future
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
Whether I'm at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I'm looking forward to reading.
Ninety percent of the cases of polio are in security-vulnerable areas.
Should surveillance be usable for petty crimes like jaywalking or minor drug possession? Or is there a higher threshold for certain information? Those aren't easy questions.
Should there be cameras everywhere in outdoor streets? My personal view is having cameras in inner cities is a very good thing. In the case of London, petty crime has gone down. They catch terrorists because of it. And if something really bad happens, most of the time you can figure out who did it. Time
If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
I would counsel people to go to college, because it's one of the best times in your life in terms of who you meet and develop a broad set of intellectual skills. Life
By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited... The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even when you turn virtuous, things are actually going to get worse for quite a while. Time
Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up.
Being flooded with information doesn't mean we have the right information or that we're in touch with the right people.
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. Environment & Environmentalism
My wife thinks she's better than me at puzzles. I haven't given in on that one yet.
In business, the idea of measuring what you are doing, picking the measurements that count like customer satisfaction and performance... you thrive on that. Business, Commerce & Finance
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.
There certainly is a case to be made that taxes should be more progressive.
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Success
The outside perception and inside perception of Microsoft are so different. The view of Microsoft inside Microsoft is always kind of an underdog thing.
When you revolutionize education, you're taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you're priming the pump for so many incredible things. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
People are going to buy cheap fertilizer so they can grow enough crops to feed themselves, which will be increasingly difficult with climate change.
I think that society has to be careful not to shift all of its resources to the elderly versus the young. Society
Digital reading will completely take over. It's lightweight and it's fantastic for sharing. Over time it will take over. Time
The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You're never going to get the amount of CO2 emitted to go down unless you deal with the one magic metric, which is CO2 per kilowatt-hour.
On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you'll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
If African farmers can use improved seeds and better practices to grow more crops and get them to market, then millions of families can earn themselves a better living and a better life. Life
Driving up the value of the advertising is a big commitment for Microsoft.
This social-networking thing takes you to crazy places.
Although I don't have a prescription for what others should do, I know I have been very fortunate and feel a responsibility to give back to society in a very significant way. Society
Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.
In K-12, almost everybody goes to local schools. Universities are a bit different because kids actually do pick the university. The bizarre thing, though, is that the merit of university is actually how good the students going in are: the SAT scores of the kids going in.
U.K. companies are in very international and very competitive markets. If you look at PC penetration in the U.K., it is very similar to the United States market.
Windows is probably the most important product in the entire PC industry. Everything we do in terms of supporting touch, new hardware, accessibility has incredible impact.
I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful! Business, Commerce & Finance
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Failure ;Success
Considering their impact, you might expect mosquitoes to get more attention than they do. Sharks kill fewer than a dozen people every year, and in the U.S. they get a week dedicated to them on TV every year.
The Center for Disease Control started out as the malaria war control board based in Atlanta. Partly because the head of Coke had some people out to his plantation, and they got infected with malaria, and partly 'cause all the military recruits were coming down and having a higher fatality rate from malaria while training than in the field. War & Peace
You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument, and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well. Government
Contrary to popular belief, I don't spend a whole lot of time following soccer. But as I have traveled around the world to better understand global development and health, I've learned that soccer is truly universal. No matter where I go, that's what kids are playing. That's what people are talking about. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Polio's pretty special because once you get an eradication, you no longer have to spend money on it; it's just there as a gift for the rest of time. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Certainly there's a phenomenon around open source. You know free software will be a vibrant area. There will be a lot of neat things that get done there.
I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn't cool.
People are using Windows PCs more than they watch TV now.
AIDS itself is subject to incredible stigma.
A first-generation fortune is the most likely to be given away, but once a fortune is inherited it's less likely that a very high percentage will go back to society. Society
If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor. I mean everybody. The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means everyone.
Two out of every five people on Earth today owe their lives to the higher crop outputs that fertilizer has made possible.
I get more spam than anyone I know.
The fight against AIDS in China is already well underway. The Chinese government and other funders are providing major support, and they'll continue to bear primary responsibility for delivering prevention and treatment. Government
The PC has improved the world in just about every area you can think of. Amazing developments in communications, collaboration and efficiencies. New kinds of entertainment and social media. Access to information and the ability to give a voice people who would never have been heard.
By improving health, empowering women, population growth comes down. Women ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The Gates Foundation has learned that two questions can predict how much kids learn: 'Does your teacher use class time well?' and, 'When you're confused, does your teacher help you get straightened out?' Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
The year I was born, 1955, the first big disease-eradication program in the world was declared for malaria. After about a decade of work, they realized that, at least in the tropical areas, they did not have the tools to get it done. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super-big thing.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning. Time ;Morning ;Religion & God
OK, I have a nickname. My family calls me 'Trey' because I'm William the third. My dad has the same name, which is always confusing because my dad is well known, and I'm also known. Families, Children & Parenting
Legacy is a stupid thing! I don't want a legacy.
Music, even with these dial-up connections you have to the Internet, is very practical to download. Music, Chants & Rapps
Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online, and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my Tablet PC. It's fully synchronized with my office machine, so I have all the files I need. It also has a note-taking piece of software called OneNote, so all my notes are in digital form.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That's how we improve.
I don't think there's anything unique about human intelligence.
The U.S. immigration laws are bad - really, really bad. I'd say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government's name. Government
Governments will always play a huge part in solving big problems. They set public policy and are uniquely able to provide the resources to make sure solutions reach everyone who needs them. They also fund basic research, which is a crucial component of the innovation that improves life for everyone. Life
Now everyone takes it for granted that you can look up movie reviews, track locations, and order stuff online. I wish there was a way we could take it away from people for a day so they could remember what it was like without it.
This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50. Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Internet TV and the move to the digital approach is quite revolutionary. TV has historically has been a broadcast medium with everybody picking from a very finite number of channels.
There's 20 companies that I have investments in - some batteries, some solar-thermal, one big nuclear thing. We need hundreds and hundreds of companies like that, so that in a 20-year time frame we really are starting to change the energy infrastructure. Time
I have a nice office. I have a nice house... So I'm not denying myself some great things. I just don't happen to have expensive hobbies.
People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters. Time
I've always been amazed by Da Vinci, because he worked out science on his own. He would work by drawing things and writing down his ideas. Of course, he designed all sorts of flying machines way before you could actually build something like that. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 MPG. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Health is a much higher priority than computers. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The computer of today is really in its infancy. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
People always overestimate how much will change in the next three years, and they underestimate how much will change over the next 10 years. Public Opinion & Polling
When push comes to shove, the status quo is a very powerful force. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Corruption in Nigeria is blocking development even though they have all this oil wealth. Corruption
The greatest companies in the world were started and are run by fanatics. Leaders & Leadership
The major forces in human nature: self interest and caring for others Human Nature
Kid’s starting out with a great deal of money is not necessarily good for the children or society. Families, Children & Parenting
The wealthy have a responsibility to invest in addressing inequality. This is especially true when constraints on others are so great. Equality & Equal Opportunity
America is the land of equal opportunity. The reality is that we are not delivering on that promise. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Innovation is the answer to most problems including energy. Energy ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The government spends $30 Billion a year on basic health research and the results have been fantastic for the country and the world. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Energy ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Social Sciences
Historically our government—the FBI for example—has not always earned that trust. Power ;Management & Managing Government
Anybody who decides that they may override a sovereign may find that they are not able to do that. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The thing that you do obsessively between the ages of 13 and 18 is the thing that you stand the best chance of being world class at. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting
This is a magical time for computer programming. We are moving towards the artifical intelligence holy grail of programming the computer to simulate the human brain. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The most important import the United States has ever had has been human talent.
The most important relationship in the world is the U. S. - China relationship.
I have paid over $10 billion in taxes. But the government should collect even more from people like me. Taxes
The world is rich enought today that the idea of millions of children dying of disease is unacceptable. We have the resouurces and know how to prevent this. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The United States historicaly has had its military more closely connected with new technology than any other coutnry. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Military & Veterans
Artifical Intellegence is the most important of the coming technologies. Whoever can crack that will have a company worth 10 Microsofts. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Like other new and potentially powerful technologies, gene editing raises legitimate questions and understandable concerns about possible risks and misuse. How, then, should the technology be regulated? Rules developed decades ago for other forms of genetic engineering do not necessarily fit. Noting that gene-edited organisms are not transgenic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reasonably concluded that genetically edited plants are like plants with naturally occurring mutations and thus are not subject to special regulations and raise no special safety concerns. Regulation & Deregulation ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Gene editing to make crops more abundant and resilient could be a lifesaver on a massive scale. The technology is already beginning to show results, attracting public and private investment, and for good reason. Scientists are developing crops with traits that enhance their growth, reduce the need for fertilizers and pesticides, boost their nutritional value, and make the plants hardier during droughts and hot spells. Already, many crops that have been improved by gene editing are being developed and tested in the field, including mushrooms with longer shelf lives, potatoes low in acrylamide (a potential carcinogen), and soybeans that produce healthier oil. Regulation & Deregulation ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Improving the productivity of crops is fundamental to ending extreme poverty. Sixty percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa earn their living by working the land. But given the region’s generally low agricultural productivity—yields of basic cereals are five times higher in North America—Africa remains a net importer of food. This gap between supply and demand will only grow as the number of mouths to feed increases. Regulation & Deregulation ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
New technologies are often met with skepticism. But if the world is to continue the remarkable progress of the past few decades, it is vital that scientists, subject to safety and ethics guidelines, be encouraged to continue taking advantage of such promising tools as CRISPR. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Hopefully, the world will not have a lot of different privacy standards requirements--particularly some commonality between the United States and Europe. Regulation & Deregulation ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
One of the main reasons that we have made so much progress in so many technological areas in recent years is that many people care about those areas. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology