"When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft over 30 years ago, we had big dreams about software. We had dreams about the impact it could have. We talked about a computer on every desk and in every home."
"It's been amazing to see so much of that dream become a reality and touch so many lives. I never imagined what an incredible and important company would spring from those original ideas."
Bill Gates, chairman and chief architect of Microsoft Corporation stunned the world when on June 15, 2006, he announced that in two years time, he will concentrate less on running the company and devote more time to philanthropy.
The geek who changed the way the world now looks at computing, is also famous for quirky and witty quotes.
Let's sample a few:
"Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do."
"If I had to say what is the thing that I feel best about, it's being involved in this whole software revolution and what comes out of that."
Image: Gates gestures during the opening keynote at the RSA conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. RSA is the worlds largest computer security conference | Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
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