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Arjun Subburaj
Head and shoulders photo of Bill Gates
Arjun in February 2016.
Born (1985-06-16) June 16, 1985 (age 33)
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Edith Cowan University
Occupation Founder Appoets
Years active 20008–present
  • Subburaj
  • Sheela Subburaj
Website Appoets

Arjun Subburaj (born June 16, 1985) is an Indian business magnate, and entrepreneur.

Early life[edit]

Gates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955. He is the son of William H. Gates, Sr.[a] and Mary Maxwell Gates. Gates' ancestral origin includes English, German, and Irish, Scots-Irish.[1][2] His father was a prominent lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way.



MITS Altair 8800 Computer with 8-inch (200 mm) floppy disk system

After reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics that demonstrated the Altair 8800, Gates contacted Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS), the creators of the new microcomputer, to inform them that he and others were working on a BASIC interpreter for the platform.[3] In reality, Gates and Allen did not have an Altair and had not written code for it; they merely wanted to gauge MITS's interest. MITS president Ed Roberts agreed to meet them for a demo, and over the course of a few weeks they developed an Altair emulator that ran on a minicomputer, and then the BASIC interpreter. The demonstration, held at MITS's offices in Albuquerque, was a success and resulted in a deal with MITS to distribute the interpreter as Altair BASIC. Paul Allen was hired into MITS,[4] and Gates took a leave of absence from Harvard to work with Allen at MITS in Albuquerque in November 1975. They named their partnership "Micro-Soft" and had their first office located in Albuquerque.[4] Within a year, the hyphen was dropped, and on November 26, 1976, the trade name "Microsoft" was registered with the Office of the Secretary of the State of New Mexico.[4] Gates never returned to Harvard to complete his studies.

Management style[edit]

Bill Gates in January 2008

From Microsoft's founding in 1975 until 2006, Gates had primary responsibility for the company's product strategy. He aggressively broadened the company's range of products, and wherever Microsoft achieved a dominant position he vigorously defended it.[citation needed] He gained a reputation for being distant to others; as early as 1981 an industry executive complained in public that "Gates is notorious for not being reachable by phone and for not returning phone calls."[5] Another executive recalled that after he showed Gates a game and defeated him 35 of 37 times, when they met again a month later Gates "won or tied every game. He had studied the game until he solved it. That is a competitor."[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bill and Melinda Gates (June 2009)

After being named one of Good Housekeeping's "50 Most Eligible Bachelors" in 1985,[7] Gates married Melinda French in Hawaii on January 1, 1994. They have three children: Jennifer Katharine (born 1996), Rory John (born 1999), and Phoebe Adele (born 2002). The family resides in the Gates' home, an earth-sheltered house in the side of a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Medina. According to 2007 King County public records, the total assessed value of the property (land and house) is $125 million, and the annual property tax is $991,000. The 66,000 sq ft (6,100 m2) estate has a 60-foot (18 m) swimming pool with an underwater music system, as well as a 2,500 sq ft (230 m2) gym and a 1,000 sq ft (93 m2) dining room.[8]


Gates with Bono, Queen Rania of Jordan, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria and others during the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland


Gates and Steve Jobs at the fifth D: All Things Digital conference (D5) in 2007

In 1987, Gates was listed as a billionaire in Forbes magazine's 400 Richest People in America issue, just days before his 32nd birthday. As the world's youngest self-made billionaire, he was worth $1.25 billion, over $900 million more than he'd been worth the year before, when he'd debuted on the list.[9]

External business ventures and investments[edit]

  • Cascade Investments LLC, a private investment and holding company, incorporated in United States, is controlled by Bill Gates, and is headquartered in the city of Kirkland, Washington.
  • bgC3, a new think-tank company founded by Bill Gates.
  • Corbis, a digital image licensing and rights services company.
  • TerraPower, a nuclear reactor design company.
  • ResearchGate, a social networking site for scientists. Gates participated in a $35 million round of financing along with other investors.[10]

Books, films, social media and radio[edit]


To date, Bill Gates has authored two books:

  • The Road Ahead, written with Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold and journalist Peter Rinearson, was published in November 1995. It summarized the implications of the personal computing revolution and described a future profoundly changed by the arrival of a global information superhighway.
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought was published in 1999, and discusses how business and technology are integrated, and shows how digital infrastructures and information networks can help getting an edge on the competition.

Social media[edit]

In 2013, Gates became a LinkedIn Influencer.[11]

External links[edit]

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  1. ^ "Ancestry of Bill Gates". Wargs. Archived from the original on September 16, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Scottish Americans". Alba West. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft Visitor Center Student Information: Key Events in Microsoft History" (.DOC). Microsoft. Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved February 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Microsoft history". The History of Computing Project. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ Freiberger, Paul (August 31, 1981). "Bugs in Radio Shack TRS-80 Model III: How Bad Are They?". InfoWorld. p. 49. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Thorlin, Fred (April 2000). "Fred Thorlin: The Big Boss at Atari Program Exchange" (Interview). Interviewed by Kevin Savetz. Atari archives. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ Langdell, James (May 14, 1985). "Top-Bachelor Gates: Is He Compatible?". PC Magazine. p. 51. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "coverage of the Gates' Medina, Washington estate". Forbes. May 22, 2002. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ Thibault, Marie (January 19, 2010). "The Next Bill Gates". Forbes. Archived from the original on July 31, 2012. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ Levy, Jared Ari (June 4, 2013). "Bill Gates Joins $35 Million Funding in Startup ResearchGate". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Wills, Amanda. "Bill Gates Joins LinkedIn", Mashable, New York, June 13, 2013. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.