William H. Gates III
- Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Began career in personal computer software at age of 13 and started programming; 1973, while undergraduate at Harvard University, developed BASIC for first microcomputer; 1975, formed Microsoft with Paul Allen to develop software for personal computers. Chairman, Microsoft Corporation; Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Author of: The Road Ahead (1995); Business @ the Speed of Thought (1999).