When describing the life of billionaire Bill Gates the words visionary, genius and business expert keep reiterating. He became a billionaire at the age of just 31.
The American business tycoon, philanthropistand computer programmer co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975. Movies, books and TV shows have brought forth this legend’s professional and personal life to the forefront.
In 2017, Gates gave $4.6bn to charity in biggest donation since 2000. His Foundation is tackling some serious issues facing the world such as extreme poverty, poor health and education. Read some of Bill Gates’ quotes and get to know the man who revolutionised the world of home computer.
Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… if you do so, you are insulting yourself.
Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.
I Failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft
I realized about 10 years ago that my wealth has to go back to society. A fortune, the size of which is hard to imagine, is best not passed on to one’s children. It’s not constructive for them.
If I were a guy who just wanted to win, I would have already moved on to another arena. If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago
If you show people the problems and you show people the solutions they will be moved to act.
It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe ten percent to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want to put it on my business card.
Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.
Patience is a key element of success
People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.
We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
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.
If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.
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
In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will.
Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.
Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
That license is concrete proof of government commitment to strengthen the awareness and the activities around intellectual property.
The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.
The dreams we have [for the digital future] can only be realized if we not only build secure approaches that make those easy to administer.
The government is going to file a lawsuit. Microsoft is innocent of any of these charges and we’re certainly going to defend ourselves vigorously,
The impact on our society of the computing revolution is simply breathtaking — it has changed the way we work, play, learn and communicate.
A more harmonized policy environment would prove more efficient, and it would probably also raise overall standards
Think about how you find people with common interests, how you pick a doctor, how you decide what book to read. Right now it’s hard to reach out to a broad range of people. You are tied into the physical community near you. But in the new environment, because of how information is stored and accessed, that community will expand. This tool will be empowering, the infrastructure will be built quickly and the impact will be broad.
The two areas that are changing in this amazing way are information technology and medical technology. Those are the things that the world will be very different 20 years from now than it is today.
There’s always the question how much technology is empowering a small group of people to cause damage
The tech companies have to be … careful that they’re not trying to think their view is more important than the government’s view
As we free labour up from things like manufacturing, we can shift it to some of these very human-centric needs
You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way — homework and staying in touch with friends — and also where it has gotten to excess
Right now cryptocurrencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.
Automation has been driving productivity ever since the industrial revolution including things like tractors and garment making
Automation is a great thing – eventually we won’t have to work as much but we are still at least a generation away from a big change there.
TV will be based on the Internet; it will be an utterly different thing
Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Say you want to watch a movie. To choose, you’ll want to know what movies others liked and based on what you thought of other movies you’ve seen, if this is a movie you’d like. You’ll be able to browse that information. Then you select and get video on demand. Afterward, you can even share what you thought of the movie.
Amazon or Netflix video watching can actually cut into my book time. There’s been a few months when I’ve looked back and said, “Gee, I didn’t read as many books this month. Oh, well, we were watching three seasons of The Americans.”
People cannot become truly knowledgeable without being excellent readers.
Given how few young people actually read the newspaper, it’s a good thing they’ll be reading a newspaper on a screen.
I keep thinking I should go digital sometime, but I still like to read the old-fashioned way since I write a lot of notes in the margins. I always take a big canvas tote-bag of books when I go on vacation. I have a bad habit of staying up really late if I’m in the middle of a book that I love.
You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning.
Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.
Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation.
I have always loved reading and learning, so it is great if people see a book review and feel encouraged to read and share what they think online or with their friends.
One of the main reasons I started my blog was to share thoughts about what I’m reading. So it is nice to see people sharing their own reactions and recommendations in the comments section of the site.
You know, when you’re reading, you have to be careful that you really are concentrating
Steve and I were very different. But we were both good at picking people. We were both hyperenergetic and worked superhard. We were close partners in doing the original Mac software, and that was an amazing thing, because we had more people working on it than Apple did. But we were very naive. Steve promised us this was going to be this $499 machine, and next thing we knew, it was $1,999. Anyway, the Mac project was an incredible experience.
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.
Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
All operating systems, including IBM’s, Sun’s, Apple’s and many others are including Internet browsing capabilities, … The beauty of the Internet is its openness. It cannot be controlled or dominated or cut off because it is simply a constantly changing series of linkages.
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.
I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
In the living room itself, Xbox 360 is our centerpiece and a product that redefines what goes on there.
It’s pretty amazing to go from a world where computers were unheard of and very complex to where they’re a tool of everyday life. That was the dream that I wanted to make come true, and in a large part it’s unfolded as I’d expected. You can argue about advertising business models or which networking protocol would catch on or which screen sizes would be used for which things. There are less robots now than I would have guessed.
Part of India’s great success in the IT sector comes from the fantastic investment that the government has made over decades in institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology. India only has six or seven million seats at its universities, and it will need 20 to 25 million, so I think this is a great opportunity to rethink the idea of a university.
The software is where the magic is. If you’re going to have all this power be simple enough, appealing enough and cool enough, it’s going to be because the software is right.
You know, even when we wrote down at Microsoft in 1975, ‘a computer on every desk and in every home,’ we didn’t realize, oh, we’ll have to be a big company. Every time, I thought, ‘Oh, God, can we double in size?
You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines show us the way.
We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
On Fighting Diseases
If government is pulling back on this stuff, then the AIDS epidemic absolutely will not be stopped and the whole view of the rich world and how they’ve behaved to the world at large I think will be sort of irredeemable,
The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war.
There’s one area though where the world isn’t making much progress and that’s pandemic preparedness.
The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus… or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu.
if anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus.
It would take a heck of a meteor or volcano or earthquake to get you to 10 million
Even a nuclear weapon going off in New York City wouldn’t be 10 million.
If geek means you’re willing to study things, and if you think science and engineering matter, I plead guilty. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble
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.
The current quality and quantity of investment in this young generation in health and education just isn’t good enough
By and large, schools are still falling short on the key metrics of a quality education — math scores, English scores, international comparisons and college completion
Melinda and I made public education our top priority in the U.S. because we wanted to do something about the disparity in achievement and post-secondary success for students of color and low-income students
What should policymakers do? One approach is to get more students in front of top teachers by identifying the top 25 percent of teachers and asking them to take on four or five more students.
I was good at math, but when it came to writing, I felt less sure of myself
I’d be working on an essay and start wondering, ‘Am I going to get an A or a C on this thing? What skills do I need to improve?
When students get out in the world, they have to organize their own time, have goals, and realize what they’re behind on. It’s fantastic to see them getting a head start on those skills in school.
And research has shown that having a great teacher can be the most important factor that determines whether students get a great education.
The Internet will help achieve “friction free capitalism” by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other.
Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it’s really let us down.
On Donald Trump
Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV, so I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other
It was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance
Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, but you’re Trump,’