From his early school days, it was obvious
that Gates would be an achiever.
He was the school's best mathematician and
he had a photographic memory.
His big break came when he was a student
at Harvard University.
He'd heard that a computer company needed
software with which to run its machines.
For six weeks he worked night and day with
a colleague, together creating "Basic".
It was accepted, and so Bill Gates left
university and set up his company Microsoft.
He then went on to develop DOS (a system
for IBM-compatible machines) and its latest incarnation
Today, four fifths of the computers in the
world run on either DOS or Windows.
Gates's company Microsoft, from its base
in Seattle now employs over 20 000 people.
Even so, Gates still admits to getting as
much excitement from the technology as from the business
side of things.
He says, "I still love technology.
I can sit and play with software all night long and read
a science magazine all night long."
Gates's computer expertise, combined with
his appearance - unfashionable clothes, thick and large
rimmed glasses and an awful haircut have earned him a reputation
as a nerd.
But Gates is too busy with other things
to worry about this.
He is now married with a family and has
several expensive homes all over the world.
The newest of his properties has all the
latest Microsoft technologies including screen walls on
which one can call up images of works of art.