Happy Birthday, Mr. Gates!

William Henry Gates, III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, making him 57 years old today. As everyone knows, Bill Gates partnered with Paul Allen to form Microsoft in 1975 when he was just 20 years old. In the early days, he reviewed every line of code before sending it out the door for he was not only a great businessman, but a strong technical mind as well. He stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO in 2000 and retired from the company in 2008.

Gates is one of technologies forefathers and could debatably be considered the most important. Not only did he bring computers to the masses, he also saved Apple from destruction with a $150 million dollar lifeline. While some debate that Microsoft settled due to patent disputes, the facts are that Apple was cash-strapped and Gates could’ve “gone thermonuclear” in court had he wanted to. 

While Bill doesn’t have much involvement with Microsoft anymore, he’s doing great things in the world with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We hope that he can sit back and enjoy today, maybe while using a Surface running Windows RT. Happy Birthday, Mr. Gates!

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Meeting Bill Gates

I was in the airport VIP lounge in route to Seattle a couple of weeks ago.
While in there, I noticed Bill Gates sitting comfortably in the corner,
enjoying a drink.

I was meeting a very important client who was also flying to Seattle, but
she was running a little bit late.

Well, being a straightforward kind of guy, I approached the Microsoft chairman,
introduced myself, and said, "Mr. Gates, I wonder if you would do me a favor."

"Yes?"

"I'm sitting right over there," pointing to my seat at the bar, "and I'm waiting
on a very important client. Would you be so kind when she arrives as to come walk
by and just say, 'Hi, Ray,'?"

"Sure."

I shook his hand and thanked him and went back to my seat.

About ten minutes later, my client showed up. We ordered a drink and started
to talk business.

A couple of minutes later, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Bill Gates.

"Hi, Ray," he said.

I replied, "Get lost Gates, I'm in a meeting."

A VERY Happy Birthday to the man that has influenced (at least technologically) all of our lives in the past, present, and also for the future.

UseLess said,

Wow yeah, I was expecting him to be well clear of 60!

Yeah, at least, which makes him ancient, huh?

Happy birthday Billy Bob!! I hope many more are in store for you.

As much as I've been annoyed with some of the business practices of Microsoft and the Windows operating system, I can't deny the impact he has had on the world of technology, and the things that may not have happened had he not been there to create something great for others to aspire to. Happy birthday Mr. Gates.

Happy Birthday! To be honest, I know everyone has to age, but I don't want this man to ever die. Great human but it's sad his time is coming and he will be missed more than Mr. Jobs, that's for sure.

Happy birthday Bill ( one day after me ) ... October is really the best month of the year ( and for M$ft also...)

Happy Birthday Mr. Gates! You are truly a legend, a hero, and a role model for many. The world will always remember you for your generosity and Microsoft. Very little people are like you in the world today, and the world certainly needs more people like you. May you live a long and healthy life, and make a lot more, which you can then spend, like you do now, serving humanity. Happy Birthday!

I read someone he still spends around 20% of his time working at Microsoft as an adviser, and he's still the company's Executive Chairman I think.