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Many people associate Bill Gates with computers and for good reason. As the inventor and founder of Microsoft, his software is used by millions, from elementary school students to large, multi-national corporations. But Bill Gates isn't just known for his revolutionary, easy-to-use computer software. He's also a humanitarian, philanthropist, and compassionate citizen of the world. With astronomical wealth and a kind heart, this brilliant businessman and inventor is one of the most well-known and influential people on the planet. But what is the story of the man behind Microsoft?

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1. Gates Founded the World's Largest Software Company

No profile about Bill Gates would be complete without noting that he and colleague Paul Allen founded Microsoft, what would eventually be the worlds largest software corporation, in 1975. Gates built the company up to worldwide success and served as Chief Executive Officer until 2000. After that, he went back to his passion, software development, creating the role of Chief Software Engineer for himself, where he served until 2014. Microsoft software made a name for itself being user-friendly, with many applications to help people do anything from from writing term papers to running companies.

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