Last updated on: 5/14/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Bill Gates Biography

Title:
Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder and Former CEO of Microsoft
Position:
Con to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
Reasoning:

“Just giving people devices has a really terrible track record. You really have to change the curriculum and the teacher and those things. And it’s never going to work on a device where you don’t have keyboard-type input. Students aren’t there just to read things. They’re actually supposed to be able to write and communicate… The device is not the key limiting factor at this point… I don’t see that as the key thing right now.”

Interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, chronicle.com, June 25, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Co-Founder, The Giving Pledge, June 2010-present
  • Non-Executive Chairman, Microsoft, June 2008-present
  • Founder, bgC3 LLC, 2008-present
  • Director, Berkshire Hathaway, 2004-present
  • Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jan. 2000-present
  • Founder and CEO, Cascade Investment, 1994-present
  • Founder and Chairman, Corbis, 1989-present
  • Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft, Jan. 2000-June 2006
  • Co-Founder and CEO, Microsoft, Nov. 1976-Jan. 2000
  • Programmer, Honeywell, 1974-1975
Education:
  • Attended, Harvard University
Other:
  • Born on Oct. 28, 1955 in Seattle, WA
  • Estimated net worth $67 billion as of Mar. 2013
  • Named one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century by Time magazine in 2004
  • Named Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2005
  • Named CEO of the year by Chief Executive Officers magazine in 1994
  • Received honorary doctorates from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Royal Institute of Technology, Waseda University, Tsinghua University, Harvard University, Karolinska Institutet, and Cambridge University
  • Named an honorary trustee of Peking University in 2007
  • Named an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005
  • Received the Bower Award for Business Leadership from the Franklin Institute
  • Received the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?