Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate
Business magnate
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, investor
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, philanthropist, and author. Gates is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft
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, the software company he founded with Paul Allen
Paul Allen
Paul Gardner Allen is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates...

. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people
Forbes list of billionaires
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 and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked third.
During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect
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, and remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock
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That's OK, I'm the same when I talk to Steve Jobs.

On being told, during a 1996 interview for the now-defunct magazine Windows_Sources|Windows Sources that the writer was "a little starstruck" at finding himself talking to Gates in person.

It's not manufacturers trying to rip anybody off or anything like that. There's nobody getting rich writing software that I know of.

Interview with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz in 80 Microcomputing (1980)

Instead of buying airplanes and playing around like some of our competitors, we've rolled almost everything back into the company.

Comment to reporters during the IBM PC launch (1981), interpreted as a jab at Gary Kildall|Gary Kildall

The next generation of interesting software will be done on the Macintosh, not the IBM PC.

BusinessWeek, 26 November 1984

I believe OS/2|OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time.

OS/2 Programmers Guide, November 1987