Born Friday 28 October 1955
American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. Founder of one the world's largest software business, Microsoft, with Paul Allen. He is one of the pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, starting with MS-DOS operating system sold with IBM PC and clones.
I know there's a farmer out there somewhere who never wants a PC and that's fine with me.
Internet TV and the move to the digital approach is quite revolutionary. TV has historically has been a broadcast medium with everybody picking from a very finite number of channels.
We are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy.
A first-generation fortune is the most likely to be given away, but once a fortune is inherited it's less likely that a very high percentage will go back to society.
Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.
If your culture doesn't like geeks, you are in real trouble.
Me and my dad are the biggest promoters of an estate tax in the US. It's not a popular position.
Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It's basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it's wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets, bad developments are not hidden anymore.
I remember thinking quite logically that I didn't want to spoil my children with wealth and so that I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.
I was lucky to be involved and get to contribute to something that was important, which is empowering people with software.
Well, I don't think there's any need for people to focus on my career.
I'm going to save my public voice largely for the issues where I have some depth.
The only thing I understand deeply, because in my teens I was thinking about it, and every year of my life, is software. So I'll never be hands-on on anything except software.
Maintaining a consistent platform also helps improve product support - a significant problem in the software industry.
Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.
Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game.
The trouble with energy farming is that the energy isn't always where you want to use it, and it isn't always when you want to use it.
Today, we're very dependent on cheap energy. We just take it for granted - all the things you have in the house, the way industry works.
If you're using first-class land for biofuels, then you're competing with the growing of food. And so you're actually spiking food prices by moving energy production into agriculture.