The Digital World Of BILL GATES Essay

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The Digital World Of BILL GATES Essay, Research Paper NAME: _______ English 1 HON Project Due March 12, 1998 THE DIGITAL WORLD OF BILL GATES He is the richest man in the world. His former friends, who are now his enemies, hate to even hear his name. His company wants to be with you in your office, your car, and even your kitchen. Bill Gates. But there is a lot more to Bill Gates than being the richest man in the world. He is one of the people responsible for setting off the computer revolution, and by doing that, he has changed the way mankind lives forever. So who really is Bill Gates? Most people don?t really even know what it is that he does. This paper will talk about Bill Gates? personal life and the success of his company, Microsoft. It will also highlight the Gates?

mansion and question if Microsoft is really monopolizing the computer and media industry or not. * * * When Bill Gates was entering middle school, he was small and shy and his interests were different from the average child his age, so his parents sent him to a distinguished private school. At that time, he was constantly getting in arguments with his mother. Bill?s mother felt that Bill should do what she told him, since she was his mother. His mother and father sent him to counseling, and after a year of counseling and therapy, the psychologist told his mother, “You?re going to lose.” (Isaacson, pg. 46) Eventually, after working with computers and founding a company with his friends that graphed traffic data for the city, his personality improved and he made peace with his

mother. She was very successful herself in business. She worked at such firms as the University of Washington, The United Way, USWest, and First interstate bank. When she died in 1994, the city named the avenue that leads into their neighborhood after her. President Clinton even invited him to play golf together, to discuss the deaths of both their mothers, and to try to assuage the pain away. But Gates didn?t give in. His father is a retired lawyer who lives near Bill?s new house. After his mother died, his father re-married to the director of the Seattle Art Museum. Gates also has two sisters, one which is a year older than him, and happens to be his accountant, and another sister who is nine years younger than him. Being the richest man in the world, he still doesn?t open up

his personal life to anyone, but a group of very close friends. One of these men is Warren Buffet, which ironically is the second richest man in America (he was first before Gates showed up). It seems they would be the least likely two people to be friends. Gates is 42 years old, Buffet is 67. Gates has used a computer basically all his life, but Buffet just recently learned to use one. But they both share a passion: the media. When they both met, Warren Buffet bought 100 shares of Microsoft to show courtesy, now he jokes, “I?d wish I bought more.” Gates also jokes, “I wish I?d invested more,” talking about his $10 million investment with Buffet. (Isaacson, pg. 52). Bill Gates met Melinda French (now Gates) 10 years ago when she was an executive at Microsoft. Melinda is

just like Gates? mother: she is friendly, social, and she organizes family and friend gatherings just like his mother used to. When they married, Gates rented out every single room at a hotel in Hawaii just to have privacy. Then, two years ago in 1996, Melinda gave birth to daughter. Gates predicted he “wouldn?t be all that interested in the baby” until she could talk, and communicate. But now, he is “totally into it,” (Isaacson, pg. 50). It seems like Bill found something that?s not digital that he can relate with! Melinda is Catholic and wants her daughter to be also. But she offered Bill a deal: If he starts going to church, he could chose any religion he wants Jennifer, their daughter, to be. Although attracted to the deal, Gates thinks, “Religion is not very