In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which was established in 2000.Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution.

The family encouraged competition; one visitor reported that "it didn't matter whether it was hearts or pickleball or swimming to the dock ...

there was always a reward for winning and there was always a penalty for losing".

In the first five years, according to Bill Gates' own claims, he personally reviewed every line of code the company shipped, and often rewrote parts of it as he saw fit.

IBM first proposed that Microsoft write the BASIC interpreter.

In reality, Gates and Allen did not have an Altair and had not written code for it; they merely wanted to gauge MITS's interest.

MITS president Ed Roberts agreed to meet them for a demo, and over the course of a few weeks they developed an Altair emulator that ran on a minicomputer, and then the BASIC interpreter.As of May 5, 2018, Gates had a net worth of .5 billion, making him the second-richest person in the world, behind Bezos.Later in his career and since leaving Microsoft, Gates pursued a number of philanthropic endeavors.During Microsoft's early years, all employees had broad responsibility for the company's business.Gates oversaw the business details, but continued to write code as well.After his administrators became aware of his programming abilities, Gates wrote the school's computer program to schedule students in classes.