Ruthless billionaire or benevolent philanthropist? Whatever your take on him, Bill Gates is a force to be reckoned with in the world of business and in the realm of international philanthropy. Hailed by most as an ingenious visionary and considered by some to be an unscrupulous monopolist, Gates has had an indelible impact on the growth of digital technology. As founder and former CEO of Microsoft, he helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history, seizing on the importance of software in the rise of personal computing and becoming in 1987 - at the age of 31 - the youngest ever self-made billionaire. But Gates's second act has been no less compelling than his first. After leaving Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge, one deeply concerned with Third World health issues and educational reform. Drawing on more than three decades of media coverage - print, electronic and online - this book offers real insight into the man behind the millions. Essential reading for anyone seeking wisdom from the world's entrepreneur extraordinaire.
About the author
Lisa Rogak is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty books on a variety of subjects, from popular culture to dogs. She has also written a number of biographies, including those of Stephen King, Shel Silverstein, Dan Brown, Dr Robert Atkins, Stephen Colbert and others. She lives in the Bay Area of northern California. Her website is www.lisarogak.com.
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