Bill Gates graduated from Lakeside School in 1973 and for further studies enrolled to Harvard College in 1973.
Bill Gates, during his studies explored his interest in machines and finally with support of his parents he dropped out from college and started his own company. Prior to that, he joined Honeywell Company with Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft). Bill gates stepped down as CEO in January 2000 and remained as chairman till February 2014. From 27th June 2008 Gates became part-time worker in Microsoft and transits as full time work in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
At present he is working in Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, established in 2000 and also working as Technology Advisor to support the newly appointed CEO of Microsoft. This foundation is donating large amount of money to charitable organizations as well as to scientific research programs.
Other Business Ventures and Investments he is actively involved with are:
• Cascade Investments LLC, headquartered in the city of Kirkland, Washington.
• bgC3, a new think-tank company founded by Bill Gates.
• Corbis, a digital image licensing and rights services company.
• Terra Power, a nuclear reactor design company.
• Research Gate, a social networking site for scientists.
Awards and Honors
Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates were awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle in November 2006 for their philanthropic work around the world in the areas of health and education. Gates received the 2010 Bower Award for Business Leadership from The Franklin Institute for his achievements at Microsoft and his philanthropic work. In 2002, Bill and Melinda Gates received the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. In 2006, Gates received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award from The Tech Awards.