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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Life is not fair; get used to it.

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.

[Smart] is an elusive concept. There's a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts. To ask an insightful question. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity that allows people to be effective.

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.

Your parents weren't always like this, they only became this way after you came along.

The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier.

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.