Jack Welch vs Bill Gates

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Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric
Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$750 Million
Net worth 2018
$91.22 Billion
Writers
Industry
Technology
Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S
Residence
Seattle
United States
Country
United States
19/11/1935
BirthDay
28/10/1955
1.7 m
Height
1.77 m
Children
3
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1960), University of Massachusetts Amherst (1957), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Salem High School
Education
Drop Out, Harvard University
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2005

Welch is also an author who has written several books on management and leadership, including the 2005 bestseller, ‘Winning’ which he co-wrote with his third wife, Suzy

2004

He married Suzy in 2004 and is currently married to her

2003

This marriage too ended in a divorce in 2003 after his wife found about his affair with Suzy Wetlaufer whom he would eventually marry

1987

The couple divorced after 28 years of marriage in 1987

1981

Jack Welch is best known for serving as the chairman and CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001

1980

It was announced in 1980 that Jack Welch would succeed Reginald H

1977

He was named the vice president and head of Consumer Products and Services Division in 1977; he became the Vice Chairman in 1979

1973

In 1973, he was appointed as the head of strategic planning for GE

1971

In 1971, Welch also became the vice president of GE's metallurgical and chemical divisions

1970

Throughout the 1970s he worked relentlessly and was promoted from one position to another in quick succession, managing each challenging post with the same dedication and determination

1968

He continued working for GE and was made the vice president and head of GE’s entire plastics division in 1968, just eight years after he had joined the company in a junior position

1963

An incident that happened in 1963 almost cost him the job

1960

He joined General Electric in 1960 as a junior chemical engineer in the plastics division

1959

He married Carolyn Osburn in 1959 and had four children with her

1957

He went to the University of Massachusetts from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1957

1935

He was born on 19 November 1935 in Massachusetts to John Welch and his wife, Grace

2017

In 2017, President François Hollande awarded Bill and Melinda with the France's highest national award – Legion of Honour in Paris for their charity efforts

2016

Gates was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs on January 31, 2016, in which he talks about his relationships with his father and StEve Jobs, meeting his then future wife Melinda Ann French, the start of Microsoft and some of his habits (for example reading The Economist "from cover to cover every week")

2015

In 2015, Gates, along with his wife Melinda, received the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award for their social work in the country

2014

In 2014, Bill Gates sparked a protest in Vancouver when he decided to donate $50 million to UNAIDS through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the purpose of mass circumcision in Zambia and Swaziland

2013

To date, Bill Gates has written two books:In 2013, Gates became a LinkedIn Influencer

2012

According to Forbes, Gates was ranked as the fourth most powerful person in the world in 2012, up from fifth in 2011

2010

Also in 2010, he was honored with the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America, its highest award for adults, for his service to youth

2009

In 2009, Gates and Warren Buffett founded The Giving Pledge, whereby they and other billionaires pledge to give at least half of their wealth to philanthropy

2008

In 2008, Gates appeared in a series of ads to promote Microsoft

2007

He was also made an honorary trustee of Peking University in 2007

2005

Gates was made an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005

2004

Time magazine named Gates one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, and 2006

2002

In 2002, Bill and Melinda Gates received the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged

2000

Gates has received honorary doctorates from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands, in 2000; the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 2002; Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2005; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in April 2007; Harvard University in June 2007; the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, in 2007, and Cambridge University in June 2009

1999

In 1999, Gates received New York Institute of Technology's President's Medal

1997

Entomologists named Bill Gates's flower fly, Eristalis gatesi, in his honor in 1997

1996

Gates also donated $6 million to the construction of the Gates Computer Science Building, completed in January 1996, on the campus of Stanford University

1995

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–July 2017, with an estimated net worth of US$89

1994

In 1994, he was honored as the twentieth Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society

1993

Gates was number one on Forbes' 400 Richest Americans list from 1993 through to 2007, 2009, and 2014 through 2017

1989

In 1989, he founded Corbis, a digital imaging company

1987

Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes The World's Billionaires list and was the wealthiest from 1995 to 1996, 1998 to 2007, 2009, and has been since 2014

1985

He remained interested in technical details; in 1985, Jerry Pournelle wrote that when he watched Gates announce Microsoft Excel, "Something else impressed me

1981

He gained a reputation for being distant from others; as early as 1981 an industry executive complained in public that "Gates is notorious for not being reachable by phone and for not returning phone calls

1980

IBM approached Microsoft in July 1980 in reference to an operating system for its upcoming personal computer, the IBM PC

1979

The company moved from Albuquerque to its new home in Bellevue, Washington, on January 1, 1979

1977

Ballmer, both of whom were students (Ballmer was a member of the School's graduating class of 1977, while Gates left his studies for Microsoft), and donated funds for the laboratory's construction

1976

Microsoft became independent of MITS in late 1976, and it continued to develop programming language software for various systems

1975

From Microsoft's founding in 1975 until 2006, Gates had primary responsibility for the company's product strategy

1974

Gates remained in contact with Paul Allen, and he joined him at Honeywell during the summer of 1974

1973

Gates was a National Merit Scholar when he graduated from Lakeside School in 1973

1970

The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business

1955

Gates was born in Seattle, Washington on October 28, 1955

1590

He scored 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and enrolled at Harvard College in the autumn of 1973