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Microsoft director Bill Gates steps down

Christian Fernsby | Redmond, Wa., USA | March 14, 2020
Bill GatesMicrosoft announced that cofounder and technology advisor Bill Gates stepped down from the company’s board of directors.
On June 27, 2008, Mr. Gates transitioned out of a day to day role in the company.

Mr. Gates attended public elementary school, the private Lakeside School, and in 1973 entered Harvard University.

While at Harvard, he developed a version of the programming language BASIC for the first microcomputer, the MITS Altair.

Mr. Gates left Harvard to devote his energies to Microsoft, a company he had begun in 1975 with his Paul Allen.

Mr. Gates founded Corbis, a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe.

He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies engaged in diverse business activities.

With his wife, Melinda, Mr. Gates have endowed a foundation to support philanthropic initiatives in the areas of global health and learning, with the hope that in the 21st century, advances in these critical areas will be available for all people.