Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder and Former CEO of Microsoft
Con to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
"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 (available on the Chronicle of Higher Education website), June 25, 2012
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
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