BILL GATES is the Chairman of the Microsoft Corporation which is a world leader in computers. He also is the head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which gives money to support world health and education. Bill Gates grew up inSeattle. He started programming computers when he was13 years old. After high school, he went to Harvard where he met Steve Ballmer who is now his business partner at Microsoft. He started Microsoft in 1975 while he was in college because he thought that all people would benefit from knowing how to use computers. Under Gates’leadership, Microsoft has continued to make usingcomputers easier for the average person. Even though he is one of the richest men in the world, it is important to him to use his money to help other people. So he started the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that helps people all over the world.