William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, philanthropist, the world's third richest person (as of 2008), and chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect, and remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 9 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.
Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Although he is admired by many, a large number of industry insiders criticize his business tactics, which they consider anti-competitive, an opinion which has in some cases been upheld by the courts. In the later stages of his career, Gates has pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000.
Bill Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January, 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect. In June, 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work at Microsoft 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. He remains at Microsoft as a part-time, non-executive chairman. (more...)
Interstate 90 in Washington (I-90) is a 296.92-mile (477.85 km) highway in the U.S. state of Washington that extends from SR 519 in Seattle to its border with Idaho. Serving the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Ritzville, and Spokane, it is the major route eastwards to Missoula, Montana, Rapid City, South Dakota, Chicago, Illinois, Buffalo, New York, Albany, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts.
Essentially, it is the only Interstate Highway to connect Western Washington to Eastern Washington, but there are 2 U.S. Routes that also do the same, and they are U.S. Route 2, and U.S. Route 12, along with a few state highways. I-90 is also the only highway in Washington to connect the two largest cities in the state (Seattle and Spokane). The road is the third busiest in the state, behind I-5 at 240,000 and I-405 at 201,000. An estimated 148,000 motorists utilize the road daily.
I-90 incorporates two of the longest floating bridges in the world, the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge and the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge, which cross Lake Washington from Seattle to Mercer Island, Washington. They are the second and fifth longest such bridges, respectively. (more...)
- Nickname: The Evergreen State
- Capital city: Olympia
- Largest city: Seattle
- Governor: Jay Inslee (D)
- Total area: 71,342 sq mi (184,770 km2)
- Population (2010 census): 6,724,540
- Date admitted to the Union: November 11, 1889
- Form of Government: Democratic
- Senators: Patty Murray (D), Maria Cantwell (D)
- Representatives:(9) Jay Inslee (D), Rick Larsen (D), Brian Baird (D), Doc Hastings (R), Cathy McMorris (R), Norman Dicks (D), Jim McDermott (D), Dave Reichert (R), Adam Smith (D)
Coordinates: 47°30′N 120°30′W / 47.5°N 120.5°W