Bill Gates, Portrait Of A Leader Essay

3025 Words Nov 11th, 2014 13 Pages
Bill Gates, Portrait of a Leader
Daniel Spainhour
Coleman University

Bill Gates started out a small, quiet boy with a thirst for knowledge. He began teaching himself computer programming at a very young age. Though he was highly intelligent he was also a little mischievous. He wrote his first computer program to steal passwords when he was 13 years old. When he was 15 he sold his first computer program. He dropped out of Harvard University to pursue a dream of what he believed would change the future. He made his own deals, created his own environments from scratch, and he went on to control one of the most powerful computer software companies in the world. He was on the Forbes list of wealthiest people several years running. This paper will outline Bill’s early life and his rise to power, his leadership skills, and his ability to help the world as a result of his great success.
Bill Gates, Portrait of a Leader

In 1974, at the age of 19, Bill Gates founded Microsoft. He started the company with Paul Allen. Paul was a childhood friend from Lakeside School in Seattle, where Bill attended from the age of 13. His first business venture with Allen was a program called ‘Traff-O-Data” which they sold for $20,000. He was just 15 years old. He would go on to shape the way people view computers and made having a computer accessible. His forward thinking and aggressive leadership would propel him into massive wealth, and because of this wealth, he is able to help thousands…

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