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2014 - Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, founders and co-chairs of the Gates Foundation,to be the 2014 commencement speakers at Stanford University

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Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, founders and co-chairs of the Gates Foundation, have been selected to be the 2014 commencement speakers at Stanford University on June 15.

••••"Bill and Melinda Gates have taken on some of the planet's toughest challenges. This boldness is an ethos that we also embody at Stanford, and one we seek to instill in our graduates," said Stanford President John Hennessy.
•••They are the latest in Stanford commencement's long line of stars in fields such as politics, business, entertainment and law. In the past decade, speakers have included Apple CEO Steve Jobs, media personality Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
••• Known since the computer revolution, Bill Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, which he co-founded with Paul Allen.
•••• He stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained asbillgatespow108w.jpg chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates's last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008.
••••In 1985, Gates married Melinda French on January 1, 1994. They have three children: daughters Jennifer Katharine (b. 1996), Phoebe Adele (b. 2002), and son Rory John (b. 1999). The family resides in the Gates's home, an earth-sheltered house overlooking Lake Washington in Medina. According to King County public records, as of 2006 the total assessed value of the property (land and house) is $125 million, and the annual property tax is $991,000.
••••Also among Gates's private acquisitions is the Codex Leicester, a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci, which Gates bought for $30.8 million at an auction in 1994. Gates is also known as an avid reader, and the ceiling of his large home library is engraved with a quotation from The Great Gatsby, a lovely line in a superb fragment, in the book's ending. So much so that Bill Gates engraved this very line ("He had come a long way...)
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••• Gates began to appreciate the expectations others had of him when public opinion mounted suggesting that he could give more of his wealth to charity. Gates studied the work of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, and in 1994 sold some of his Microsoft stock to create the William H. Gates Foundation. In 2000, Gates and his wife combined three family foundations into one to create the charitable Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle and which is the largest private transparently operated charitable foundation in the world. It is committed to easing poverty, hunger and disease that prevent millions of people from realizing their full potential.
••••The foundation allows benefactors access to information regarding how its money is being spent, unlike other major charitable organizations such as the Wellcome Trust. The generosity and extensive philanthropy of David Rockefeller has been credited as a major influence. Gates and his father met with Rockefeller several times, and modeled their giving in part on the Rockefeller family's philanthropic focus, namely those global problems that are ignored by governments and other organizations. As of 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were the second-most generous philanthropists in America, having given over $28 billion to charity; the couple plan to eventually donate 95% of their wealth to charity.
••••Gates's wife urged people to learn a lesson from the philanthropic efforts of the Salwen family, which had sold its home and given away half of its value, as detailed in Hanna and Kevin Salwen's book, "The Power of Half." Gates and his wife invited Joan Salwen to Seattle to speak about what the family had done, and on December 9, 2010, Gates, investor Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook's CEO) signed a promise they called the "Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge," in which they promised to donate to charity at least half of their wealth over the course of time.
••••Projects, like bringing the Internet to public libraries, sprang from the couples' Microsoft experience. Specifically, Bill Gates aspires to rid the world of polio, funding immunizations that have brought the disease to the point of eradication. Melinda Gates champions the importance of family planning, with the goal of delivering contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries within the next six years.
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William H. Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect - Microsoft Corporation
William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft had revenues of US$39.79 billion for the fiscal year ending June 2005, and employs more than 61,000 people in 102 countries and regions.
Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.
Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13.
In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair.
In his junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal computers. Gates' foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry.
Under Gates' leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its investment of approximately $6.2 billion on research and development in the 2005 fiscal year.
In 1999, Gates wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. Business @ the Speed of Thought has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com. Gates' previous book, The Road Ahead, published in 1995, held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' bestseller list for seven weeks.
Top row: Steve Wood (left), Bob Wallace, Jim Lane. Middle row: Bob O'Rear, Bob Greenberg, Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin. Bottom row: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen. December 7, 1978.
Gates has donated the proceeds of both books to non-profit organizations that support the use of technology in education and skills development.
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. He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies engaged in diverse business activities.
Philanthropy is also important to Gates. He and his wife, Melinda, have endowed a foundation with more than $28.8 billion (as of January 2005) to support 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. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $3.6 billion to organizations working in global health; more than $2 billion to improve learning opportunities, including the Gates Library Initiative to bring computers, Internet Access and training to public libraries in low-income communities in the United States and Canada; more than $477 million to community projects in the Pacific Northwest; and more than $488 million to special projects and annual giving campaigns.
Gates was married on Jan. 1, 1994, to Melinda French Gates. They have three children. Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf and bridge.

• ICOS Biotechnology - In addition to his love of computers and software, Gates is interested in biotechnology. He sits on the board of ICOS, a company that specializes in protein-based and small-molecule therapeutics, and he is an investor in a number of other biotechnology companies. Gates also 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.

Feature Story - William H. Gates, (Bill Gates) - Chairman and Chief Software Architect Microsoft Corporation
-----William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. Microsoft had revenues of US$36.84 billion for the fiscal year ending June 2004, and employs more than 55,000 people in 85 countries and regions.
-----Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.

2001 - October 2: Microsoft ships Windows XP; the company says it will start selling its next operating systems, code-named Longhorn, in 20032002 - April : The company pushes back the Longhorn launch to "beyond 2003."
2004- December: Microsoft says Longhorn won't be ready until late 2004 or early 2005.
2004 - August: Microsoft said it would shiip Longhorn in the second half of 2006.
• 2005 - April: Mr. Gates shows off Longhorn at a conference, focusing on the look and usability of the interface.
• July: "Windows Vista" name unveiled; Microsoft ships a beta version to 500,000. customers.
• March 2006: Microsoft delays consumer shipments of Vista until January 2007, says a buiness version will be ready in November 2006.
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2001 - October 2: Microsoft ships Windows XP; the company says it will start selling its next operating systems, code-named Longhorn, in 20032002 - April : The company pushes back the Longhorn launch to "beyond 2003."
2004- December: Microsoft says Longhorn won't be ready until late 2004 or early 2005.
2004 - August: Microsoft said it would shiip Longhorn in the second half of 2006.
• 2005 - April: Mr. Gates shows off Longhorn at a conference, focusing on the look and usability of the interface.
• July: "Windows Vista" name unveiled; Microsoft ships a beta version to 500,000. customers.
• March 2006: Microsoft delays consumer shipments of Vista until January 2007, says a buiness version will be ready in November 2006.

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02. TIMELINE - William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. Microsoft had revenues of US$36.84 billion for the fiscal year ending June 2004, and employs more than 55,000 people in 85 countries and regions.
• 1955 - Born on Oct. 28, 1955, Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. Their father, William H. Gates II, is a Seattle attorney. Their late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International.
-----Gates attended public elementary school and the private Lakeside School. There, he discovered his interest in software and began programming computers at age 13
• 1973 - In 1973, Gates entered Harvard University as a freshman, where he lived down the hall from Steve Ballmer, now Microsoft's chief executive officer. While at Harvard, Gates developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer - the MITS Altair.
-----Top row: Steve Wood (left), Bob Wallace, Jim Lane. Middle row: Bob O'Rear, Bob Greenberg, Marc McDonald, Gordon Letwin. Bottom row: Bill Gates, Andrea Lewis, Marla Wood, Paul Allen. December 7, 1978
• 1975 - Microsoft co-founded. In his junior year, Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Guided by a belief that the computer would be a valuable tool on every office desktop and in every home, they began developing software for personal computers. Gates' foresight and his vision for personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and the software industry.
• 1992 -
China. Microsoft opened its first offices in China in 1992.
• 1994 - Gates was married on Jan. 1, 1994, to Melinda French Gates. They have three children. Gates is an avid reader, and enjoys playing golf and bridge.
• 1995 - The Road Ahead, published in 1995, held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' bestseller list for seven weeks.
• 1995 -
China. Opened in 1995, the Microsoft China R&D Center in Beijing employs more than 150 employees; it is one of the largest foreign-owned software R&D centers in China. The Microsoft Global Technical Support Center in Shanghai employs over 400 persons to support customers worldwide.
• 1998 - China. The MSR Asia research facility opened in Beijing in 1998, and now employs about 120 full-time research staff and over 200 visiting scientists and students from China and around the world.
• 1999 - China. In 1999, they helped start the IT Training for Laid-off Workers program. After finding initial success through an early trial program in Dalian, the program has since expanded to three other cities - Guangzhou, Chengdu, and Shanghai in cooperation with local governments. In just over two years, the programs have trained over 600 unemployed workers, and nearly 80 percent have since found new positions in the IT industry.
• 1999 - In 1999, Gates wrote Business @ the Speed of Thought, a book that shows how computer technology can solve business problems in fundamentally new ways. The book was published in 25 languages and is available in more than 60 countries. Business @ the Speed of Thought has received wide critical acclaim, and was listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com. Gates' previous book, The Road Ahead, published in 1995, held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' bestseller list for seven weeks.
2001 - October 2: Microsoft ships Windows XP; the company says it will start selling its next operating systems, code-named Longhorn, in 20032002 - April : The company pushes back the Longhorn launch to "beyond 2003."
• 2003 - BEIJING, Feb. 28, 2003. Bill Gates met Chinese President Jiang Zemin today concluded a two-day visit to China during which Microsoft, and agencies of the Chinese government and local Beijing municipal government also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the two organizations agreed to work with local software companies for the development and servicing of these e-government solutions and training of software professionals. MORE STORY
• 2004 - SHANGHAI, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A charitable body set up by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates has won approval to invest $100 million in China's main stock and debt markets, regulators said on Saturday. MORE STORY
2004- December: Microsoft says Longhorn won't be ready until late 2004 or early 2005.
2004 - August: Microsoft said it would shiip Longhorn in the second half of 2006.
• 2004 - Philanthropy is also important to Gates. He and his wife, Melinda, have endowed a foundation with more than $27 billion (as of March 2004) to support 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. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $3.2 billion to organizations working in global health; more than $2 billion to improve learning opportunities, including the Gates Library Initiative to bring computers, Internet Access and training to public libraries in low-income communities in the United States and Canada; more than $477 million to community projects in the Pacific Northwest; and more than $488 million to special projects and annual giving campaigns.
• 2005 - April: Mr. Gates shows off Longhorn at a conference, focusing on the look and usability of the interface.
• 2005 - July: "Windows Vista" name unveiled; Microsoft ships a beta version to 500,000. customers.
• 2006: March Microsoft delays consumer shipments of Vista until January 2007, says a buiness version will be ready in November 2006.
• 2005 - William H. Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect - Microsoft Corporation
William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft had revenues of US$39.79 billion for the fiscal year ending June 2005, and employs more than 61,000 people in 102 countries and regions. The company is committed to a long-term view, reflected in its investment of approximately $6.2 billion on research and development in the 2005 fiscal year.
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• 2003 - BEIJING, Feb. 28, 2003. Bill Gates met Chinese President Jiang Zemin announced the Chinese government's participation in Microsoft's Government Security Program, which provides national governments with access to Windows source code and technical information they need to be confident in the security of the Windows platform. -- CLICK FOR MORE STORY

03. / 2004 - Bill Gates' charity wins $100 million China
2004 - Beijing. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., addresses the opening ceremony of China International Service Industries Convention & Expo in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 30, 2004. (Xinhua Photo).

2004 - SHANGHAI, Sept 4, 2004 (Reuters) - A charitable body set up by Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates has won approval to invest $100 million in China's main stock and debt markets, regulators said on Saturday. -- CLICK FOR MORE STORY

Government Security Program, MOU Agreements Signal Microsoft's Long-Term Commitment -- CLICK FOR MORE STORY

China's Academia Show off Innovative .NET Solutions. -- CLICK FOR MORE STORY

 

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