We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.”
Bill Gates is by far one of, if not the most successful man in the world, bringing about a total technological change in the world we live in. Born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, famed entrepreneur Bill Gates began to show an interest in computer programming at age 13. Through technological innovation, keen business strategy and aggressive business tactics, he and his partner Paul Allen built the world's largest software business, Microsoft. In the process, Gates became the richest man in the world, but
stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000 to establish the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife. This ‘charity kingdom’ was found to improve global health and global development, tackling on many serious problems that the world is currently facing.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is not just an ordinary charity institute that freely disperses huge amounts of money to the society out of pity. "This is not about pity. It's more about passion. Pity sees suffering and wants to ease the pain; passion sees injustice and wants to settle the score. Pity implores the powerful to pay attention; passion warns them about what will happen if they don't. The risk of pity is that it
kills with kindness; the promise of passion is that it builds on the hope that the poor are fully capable of helping themselves if given the chance. In 2005 the world's poor needed no more condolences; they needed people to get interested, get mad and then get to work. Our job is to get results. We know that our results depend on the quality of our partnerships and that is why we want quality partners, which will be under our watch if we issue them a grant."
For Bill Gates , it's not at all about being rich. "I'm just the caretaker of this wealth. I need to find the most appropriate way to use it. I want to use the money I've earned to invest in something meaningful so that my work is worth every penny."