Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James WallaceThe true story behind the rise of a tyrannical genius, how he
transformed an industry, and why everyone is out to get him.
In this fascinating exposé, two investigative reporters trace the hugely successful career of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Part entrepreneur, part enfant terrible, Gates has become the most powerful -- and feared -- player in the computer industry, and arguably the richest man in America. In Hard Drive, investigative reporters Wallace and Erickson follow Gates from his days as an unkempt thirteen-year-old computer hacker to his present-day status as a ruthless billionaire CEO. More than simply a revenge of the nerds story though, this is a balanced analysis of a business triumph, and a stunningly driven personality. The authors have spoken to everyone who knows anything about Bill Gates and Microsoft -- from childhood friends to employees and business rivals who reveal the heights, and limits, of his wizardry. From Gatess singular accomplishments to his equally extraordinary brattiness, arrogance, and hostility (the atmosphere is so intense at Microsoft that stressed-out programmers have been known to ease the tension of their eighty-hour workweeks by exploding homemade bombs), this is a uniquely revealing glimpse of the person who has emerged as the undisputed king of a notoriously brutal industry.
Bill Gates' wife Melinda shares private wedding photo
Gates has consistently been ranked as one of the world's most powerful women by Forbes. Melinda has an older sister and two younger brothers. Melinda, a Catholic ,     attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class. Melinda graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in Gates' first job was tutoring math and computer programming to children.
The magnate reportedly pulled out all the stops to keep their wedding private, booking all available rooms at the then Manele Bay Hotel where their guests were staying , and hiring all of the helicopters on Maui to prevent unwanted visitors from flying over. The par-3 12th hole, where Bill and Melinda Gates married, is particularly scenic, notorious for its carry over yards of ocean. Starting from 4 p. Other spaces on the course lend itself to larger groups of up to The sprawling property spans over a million square feet and offers accommodations, 45 of which are suites.
It began with everyone cleaning up after dinner. So one night we stood up after dinner and people in the family started to melt away, like, off they go upstairs. So hand on my hips, I'm, like, 'Nobody leaves the kitchen until I leave the kitchen! Everybody stayed and helped and it's been that way ever since. This is by design.
Women work 7 years in unpaid labor
Gates wins a hand. And you are lucky in war," Guggenheim says, referring to the card game.
Bill Gates married his long-time girlfriend, Melinda French, back in in one of the most secretive weddings of our time. Though much of the ceremony is still a mystery, we dug up a few key details. Read on to learn more about how the couple came to be, and what their highly secure, mystery wedding was like. It all started at the Microsoft company picnic. He called her the same day.
She recalled being angry with him years ago because the voracious reader was paging through a book about Winston Churchill instead of helping her get their three children ready to go out, or packing up the car. See: Melinda Gates says the U. She said that being patient helped them both weather the ups and downs. In fact, work-life balance was an issue before they even tied the knot. He reportedly worked hour days for five years. Melinda, 54, who is No.
He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington , Gates launched Microsoft with Paul Allen in ; it went on to become the world's largest personal computer software company. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. He has been criticized for his business tactics , which have been considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings. Since , Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people , an index of the wealthiest documented individuals, excluding and ranking against those with wealth that is not able to be completely ascertained. Later in his career and since leaving Microsoft, Gates pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors.