Bill Gates

A Biography of the Microsoft Billionaire
Narrated by: Nate Sjol
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bill Gates is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO, and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.

In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen launched Microsoft, which became the world's largest PC software company. Gates led the company as chief executive officer until stepping down in January 2000, but he remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself.

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. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie. He stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014 and assumed a new post as technology adviser to support the newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella.

Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. He has been criticized for his business tactics, which have been considered anti-competitive. This opinion has been upheld by numerous court rulings.

Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people, an index of the wealthiest documented individuals, excluding and ranking against those with wealth that is not able to be completely ascertained.

From 1995 to 2017, he held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world all but four of those years, and held it consistently from March 2014 to July 2017, with an estimated net worth of $89.9 billion dollars as of October 2017.

However, on July 27, 2017, and since October 27, 2017, he has been surpassed by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, who had an estimated net worth of $90.6 billion at the time.

©2018 Nate Stevens (P)2018 Nate Stevens

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A good overview of iconic Tech leader.

A quick interesting read of one of the leaders of the Technology industry.Although it is short it can offer a compelling insight into this interesting person. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Pure Propaganda!

I am changing my review due to current events and learning the truth of the type of being Bill Gates is. This book is nothing but propaganda! I will not ever listen to this book again nor will I suggest it to any one I know! The narrator did a great job and the final score does not reflect his performance. I just can't bring myself to give this story anything more than one star! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Absolutely a Great Listen

This audio book was awesome. I was skeptical that an hour would be enough time, but I learned quite a bit about Bill! It hit all the major points, while still providing enough information to give a coherent story on his background. There were also some neat facts scattered around in there, like where the name "XBox" came from. If you have even a fleeting curiosity of who Bill Gates is or how he got to where he is today, I would certainly recommend this book. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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summary bill gate

It gives you overall Bill Gates life. It starts with child life to adult life. It tells you computer was not Bill Gates first major. It also talks about how Bill Gates met his wife.

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The Real Bill Gates

This was a great audiobook! A quick listen, this audiobook covers all of the main aspects of Bill Gates’ life. This biography was very balanced in that Bill Gates’ many strengths were juxtaposed against his shortcomings. Even so, the listener can easily see that our world is far better off with Bill Gates in it than not. Also, I never realized how impressive Melinda Gates (his wife) was/is in her own right! The narration of this audiobook was nice; the narrator spoke clearly and had a pleasant voice. If you want to know more about Bill Gates, including his lasting legacy on the modern world, this is an audiobook worth listening to! I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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This is a 3 page bio, not a book on shelf work

I expected a book worth $5 of information but got an extended resume and interests report. Nothing in-depth or compiling here. There is no timeline or obvious narrative. Its about 3 pages worth of a mandatory school report. I wanted to shut I off for being nothing but it only had about 12 min left at that point so finished it.

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The Whole Gates Story

A high level synopsis of Gates life, businesses and philanthropic activity. Useful for anyone wanting a quick briefing to keep up on the movers and shakers in the tech world, American business and the world in general. Interesting, informative and most of all short. If you're looking to become an expert, you should probably go looking for another source, but If you just want to be in the know, this book is perfect.

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General overview of Bill Gates

I found this an interesting book to give me a general look at Bill Gates and how he became so wealthy and famous. It felt like a little peek inside his life as he started Microsoft, but for anyone who has any real interest in him as a person, his lifestyle or Microsoft and it's competition with other companies, this would leave them feeling let down. For me, this was interesting and enough information to keep me listening. I'm not a big tech person and was merely curious how he got started and what drove him, so it was just right for me. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Gates and Microsoft 101

This is a decent overview of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century. A technology and business genius of whom the listener gets his appetite wet to perhaps learn seek out a more expansive biography on the man and/or his business ventures. One hour and 5-minutes cannot do the person or the topics justice, but does succeed as a general primer. Perhaps if a bit longer the work could have at least scratched the surface of the intense love/hate relationship between Gates and Jobs as Microsoft and Apple vied for technical superiority and public recognition as being #1. The narration was decent, as was the content, just nothing special in my opinion. I would recommend this listen for anyone curious or interested in an American business success story without going into too much depth. In short, an hour of time only begins to scratch the surface of the impact Bill Gates has had on the world today; from technology, to business, to philanthropy. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

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  • 08-02-18

Way to short to be a book

Skims over everything. Could be much better with more detail. It’s well performed but leaves you wanting more.

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