Bill Gates Busi 472-001 Group 1: Megan Dole, Matt Jollie, Michael Personius, Justin reede, Lindsey Rogan, connor wrobleski.

The Life of Bill Gates

  • Born in 1955 in Seattle, Washington to a wealthy family.
  • First interest in computers began at Lakeside Preparatory School.
  • Started programming at the age of 13.
Bill Gates Attended Harvard in 1973
  • Dropped out of Harvard one year later in 1974.
  • Partnered with Paul Allen to form Microsoft Corp, and in 1981 was hired by IBM to help make software for PC's
  • Six years later in 1987, Bill Gates became a billionaire.
  • In 1994 Bill Gates married his current Wife Melinda and together in 2000 combined several family charities to create the charitable Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations.
  • In 2008, Bill Gates stepped down from an active role in Microsoft to focus more of his time on his foundation.
  • By 2013, the foundation, at $34.6 billion, become the world's wealthiest charitable foundation

The Ethics of Bill Gates's: Values-Based Leadership

  • Bill holds specific views regarding right and wrong.
  • Moral Principals influence all conduct in a business environment.
  • Gates used this policy at MSFT (Walker and Moylan)

Ethical concerns when at Microsoft

  • Some questioned Gates's as an ethical leader.
  • Some concern over anti-trust issues.
  • Was Ruthless when competing against other companies.
  • Notwithstanding, much can be learned from positive views.

Moral Changes for Good

  • His marriage to Melinda who was Roman Catholic deeply affected Bill.
  • Great influences from his Parents.
  • Started to become more altruistic and philanthropic.
  • Donated $100 Million to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
  • The foundation works to bring attention to: Sex-Trafficking, Clean Water, and certain Diseases.

Learning from Bill Gates's Value-Based Model for Ethics

  • Sets and amazing example of how to invest in worthy causes.
  • Excellent stewardship of God-given talents.
  • Altruistic example of walking away from success to work for the greater good.

Biblical Integration

Proverbs 13:2- "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm."

  • What does the company you keep reflect about you and the direction you want to head in your life?

Philippians 1:27a "only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ..."

  • For Believers, our ethical foundation should inform every area of our lives.


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