Bill Gates: The Computer Expert on a Mission to Help the Poor 比爾‧蓋茲：不只是世界富豪 One of the richest people in the world has set his sights on making the world a better place. 世上最富有的人之一下定決心將這世界變得更美好。
When people think about computers, the name Bill Gates often comes to mind. In the 1980s and 1990s, his company, Microsoft, helped to introduce millions of people to the power of personal computers. Now, this intelligent▼ billionaire▼ has a new goal—to fight disease and save the poor. Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1955. His father worked as a lawyer, and his mother was a teacher. Gates was a curious child who became interested in computers at age 13. He thought it was cool that he could give the machine directions, and it would follow his orders. After high school, Gates went to Harvard University to study law. He couldn’t get his mind off computers, though. After a year of college, he dropped out to start a software▼ company with his friends. They called it Microsoft, and Gates became its first CEO. Microsoft soon went on to create Windows, a software system that now runs on billions of computers around the world. Microsoft’s success made Gates one of the richest men in the world, with a value of more than US$90 billion.