Bill Gates
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"William Henry "Bill" Gates III" is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal computer/PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and software architect/chief software architect, and was also the largest individual shareholder up until May 2014.}} He has also authored and co-authored several books.

Today he is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of billionaires/Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014—excluding a few brief periods post-2008. Between 2009 and 2014 his wealth more than doubled from $40 billion to more than $82 billion. Between 2013 and 2014 his wealth increased by $15 billion, or around $1.5 billion more than the entire GDP of Iceland in 2014.

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