Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates decided to divorce

The founder of Microsoft, American billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates decided to divorce.

Bill Gates made the decision to divorce from his Twitter account, “After thinking a lot about our relationship, we made the decision to end our marriage.” announced with the description.

Stating that they raised 3 children during their 27 years of marriage, they helped people all over the world to lead healthy and productive lives with the foundation they established, and that their mission will continue, Gates said, “However, we do not think that we can grow together as a couple in the next stage of our lives.” used the expression.

Who is Bill Gates

Full name William Henry “Bill” Gates III was born on October 28, 1955 in Seattle. The American entrepreneur transformed his two-man company (Microsoft) into a leading software company. Born in Seattle, Washington to a lawyer father and a teacher mother, Gates attended his first informatics courses at a private school when he was twelve years old. He spent most of his free time working on computer software with his schoolmate Paul Allen.

In order to be able to use the large computer of a company near them without paying, the two friends were searching for software bugs for users. In this way, they specialized in computers and founded their first company (Traf-O-Data) in 1972.

This company produced software for a traffic counting and control system and immediately made sales of 20 thousand dollars. A year later, Gates had an internship at the arms company TRW. Personal computers were still in the early stages of their development in the mid-1970s.

The most important example of the MITS company, which they called Altair, did not yet have a usable software, but had an incomplete operating system. Thanks to BASIC, the software language developed by Gates and Allen for Altair in 1974, computer users could write their own programs.

The MITS company purchased the marketing license from the young researchers and ordered them to further develop the system. Gates then left his education and founded the company Microsoft, in Albuquerque / New Mexico, with Allen.

Bill Gates

Microsoft was one of the first businesses to devote itself to developing software for microcomputers. Shortly after, companies such as General Electric began to be among Microsoft’s regular customers. In 1977, Gates signed license agreements with PC (Personal Computer) manufacturers such as Apple, Tandy and Commodore to equip his tools with BASIC. In addition, by developing software languages ​​such as FORTRAN, COBOL and Pascal, he provided a superiority to Microsoft and an international market path for them (with Japan being the first after 1978).

IBM turned to Gates. Gates purchased the DOS operating system from Seattle Computer Products (SCP) and recruited Tim Paterson, one of the DOS developers at SCP. The DOS operating system was changed in line with IBM’s needs and renamed MS-DOS. MS-DOS (Microsoft Disc Operating System) broke worldwide sales records in the 1980s. In the following time, as more and more companies introduced devices compatible with IBM, the operating system they developed became uniform for all computers. Meanwhile, the company, which has 1,000 employees, established branches in Europe after the mid-1980s. Gates, who led the company, placed emphasis on consistent teamwork and a strict efficiency principle.

Gates was also doing extremely well in the field of application software. After the Multiplan Spreadsheet Computing Software (1982), in 1983 he launched the first text processing system called Word that used a mouse. Especially while Word was very sold in Europe, it gradually succeeded in the USA against its Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect competitors. Microsoft’s decisive success in the software field came with the order the Apple company gave them. Various application systems have been developed for the computer that sets an example for the Macintosh. Gates turned his company into a joint stock company in 1986.

Gates started the development of Windows in 1985. They were successful with a marketing campaign three years after they launched Windows (1987). Microsoft was constantly expanding this system with more advanced software elements. Gates was especially concerned about making Windows a simpler and more useful format.

Melinda and Bill Gates

On May 3, 2021, Bill Gates announced on Twitter that he was ending their marriage with Melinda Gates. The couple also has three children, Jennifer Katharine Gates (1996), Rory John Gates (1999), Phoebe Adele Gates (2002).

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