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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education or education technology. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of education or education technology.
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?