Bill Gates Life: A Trivial Timeline

Who is Bill Gates?

Bill Gates is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft, a technology company, in the 1970s with Paul Allen.

In addition, he was for many years the richest man in the world according to Forbes.

In recent years Gates and his wife have been focusing on various philanthropic activities.

"I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it." 

Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-founder


Bill Gates' Life

A trivial timeline 

1955 Gates was born

In Seattle, Washington, Gates was born as “William Henry Gates III” on 28th October 1955

1968 Writes his first program

At 13-years old, Gates wrote his first program, a version of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play against the computer

1975 Leaves Harvard

Gates attended Harvard University of two years, studying law, but also took math and computer-science courses during his time there.

1975 Starts Microsoft

Gates co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen. Originally spelt ‘Micro-Soft’, the hyphen was removed within a year.

1977 Arrested for a traffic violation

A smiling, 22-year old Gates was arrested for a traffic violation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The details of the violation have since been lost…

1980 Sells PC DOS to IBM

After conversations between IBM and Digital research went badly regarding an operating system, Gates offered PC DOS to IBM for a single fee of $50,000. However, Gates did not give the copyright to IBM, believing that IBM’s computer system would be replicated. He was correct and the sales of MS-DOS surged.

1985 Microsoft launches Windows

The first retail version of the Windows was released in November 1985.

1987 Listed in Forbes 400 Richest People in America

In 1987, Gates was worth $1.25 billion and at the time, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

1995 The Road Ahead

Alongside Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Rinearson, Gates wrote ‘The Road Ahead.’ The book described the future of personal computing and the effect it would have on people’s lives. If you’d like to be notified when the free pdf summary for his book is released you can join the mailing list from the box above.

1997 Has a flower fly named in his honour

Entomologists name the “Bill Gates’ Flower Fly” in Gates’ honour. Another fly was named after Paul Allen, Gates’ friend.

2010 Announces ‘The Giving Pledge’ with Warren Buffett

The organisation’s goal is to inspire wealthy people to give away, at least half of their net-worth before they pass away

2017 Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates in wealth

In July and October 2017, Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) surpassed Gates as the richest person in the world.

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  • Nonz says:

    This feels pretty incomplete, notably because there are huge chunks of time missing. 1997 – 2010? Almost a decade and a half…

    • Ethan says:

      You’re completely right.
      Unfortunately, with limited space I could only add so much.
      So, whilst creating the infographic I only included what I thought was most entertaining.
      Is there anything you think I could add in between that time period?

  • Samuel Nwugo says:

    Great insight. It will be my pleasure to get articles and help that will inspire me to become a successful associate in information communication technology which am already into. Thanks.

    • Ethan says:

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the piece, Samuel 🙂
      If you haven’t already checked it out; under infographics I have a timeline of Steve Jobs’ life.
      Cheers. Ethan

  • Francis Chilungu says:

    I have liked his art of giving. I was born on the same date as him. There is something special about him and the month of October. Surprisingly, we lost our President on 28th October 2014 in my country and that President was pro-giving.

  • Eric woode says:

    God has blesswd him,i like him very much

  • Dr.Nabasa says:

    Billigate she always advise us who are still young

  • Prof muletwa swaibu says:

    He teaches the greedy world politicians not take but to give to their populace

  • Mike says:

    He was arrested for vandalism, please check before you publish false information

    • Ethan says:

      Hey Mike, thanks for your comment. All my sources are telling me what I’ve published is correct, if you have evidence of otherwise, I’d love to see it. -Ethan

  • Joy Razon says:

    Am his big fan. He’s got no College degree but managed to be on top. I di believe that anyong of us has an equal potential if we emulate his mindset, attitude and hard work…

  • Lucas Mathebula says:

    I am fascinated about his brain more than his wealth , the boy is very smart.

  • S N HANUMAN says:

    Very inspiring and informative.

  • Ris Maina says:

    I love everything about Him. am so challenged not to give up and work hard and create my own wealth although in Africa is damn hard because of corruption in most countries. at 13yrs he could write a program, i guess that a real inborn talent and born for greatness too.

  • Sifonudoh says:

    Nice infographic

  • shajanika stephen says:

    Studying law and doing computer programing in his spare time, while dropping from Harvard to pursue this carrier and ended up being the major one. what ever happened to law??

  • Suleiman Baraya says:

    This short statement (“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” ) tells it all about a corridor for success.
    I’m earnest, it is telling us that he has a Unique way of manipulating a seemingly useless mind to get best results in so short a time.

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