Bill Gates is the Chairman and former CEO of Microsoft, a software company he founded together with Paul Allen. He is one of the most influential business leaders of the 20th century and revolutionized the world of personal computing. Despite this stature, he has also been severely criticized for his business tactics.
He has been the wealthiest person in the world for most of the past two decades, with a current net worth of over $70 billion USD. After stepping down from the helm of Microsoft, he has been active as a philanthropist supporting many initiatives through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.