7 things you NEED to know about brand-builder Bill Gates

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The list of technological innovators is long, and Bill Gates is at the top of it.

The founder, technology advisor and board member of Microsoft Corporation, Gates served as chairman of the board until Feb. 4, 2014, but he continues to serve on Microsoft’s Board of Directors and as an advisor on key development projects.

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GMR picks 7 aspects of Gates’s personality marketers NEED to learn from today:

#1 Early learner

Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers aged just 13.

#2 Entrepreneur @20

 In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer – the MITS Altair.

Gates, however, left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he started in 1975, at the age of 20, with his childhood friend Paul Allen.

#3 Brand foresight

Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, Gates and Allen began developing software for personal computers.

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Gates’ foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry.

#4 Time for himself and family

Gates was married on Jan. 1, 1994, to Melinda French Gates. They have three children. Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf, tennis and bridge.

#5 Founder of Corbis

In addition to his love of computers and software, Gates founded Corbis, which is developing one of the world’s largest resources of visual information – a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe.

#6 Member of Berkshire Board

He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies engaged in diverse business activities.

#7 Pays it back

Philanthropy is very important to Gates. He and his wife, Melinda, started a foundation in 2000 to help reduce inequities in the United States and around the world.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global health and learning, with the hope that in the 21st century, advances in these critical areas will be available for all people.

Besides, he has donated the proceeds of both his books – The Road Ahead, and Business @ the Speed of Thought, to non-profit organizations that support the use of technology in education and skills development.

Source: Microsoft