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America's Wealthiest Man
By Tammy Scarbrough

1     When William H. (Bill) Gates was born in 1955 in Seattle, Washington, computers were huge machines that would take up a whole room. When Bill was thirteen years old, he wrote his first computer program for one of these huge computers. Not too long after that, Bill and his friend Paul Allen wrote a program for his school that would help schedule classes. While he was in high school, he wrote a computer program that helped the city to analyze its traffic.
2     Bill Gates' father was an attorney in Seattle. Bill wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. In the early 70's, he attended Harvard, planning to become an attorney. He was a somewhat quiet and shy student and didn't attend a lot of social events. His friend, Steve Ballmer, sometimes talked him into attending a campus party with friends.
3     In 1974, Paul Allen showed Bill a magazine that showed a picture of a small computer. Bill and Paul knew that home computers were going to be the thing of the future. They also realized that software would need to be written for these computers, so they went to work writing programs. These two moved to New Mexico and started Microsoft. The company did not do well at first, so they decided to move back to Seattle in 1979.

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