Sam Walton vs Bill Gates

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Businessman
Cofounder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$22 Billion
Net worth 2018
$91.22 Billion
Retailers
Industry
Technology
Kingfisher, Oklahoma
Residence
Seattle
United States
Country
United States
29/03/1918
BirthDay
28/10/1955
April 5, 1992
Died On
Height
1.77 m
Children
3
University of Missouri-Columbia (1940), Hickman High School (1936)
Education
Drop Out, Harvard University
NET WORTH STATISTIC
TIMELINE
1991

Wal-Mart became the nation’s largest retailer in 1991, surpassing even Sears, Roebuck & Company

1990

Wal-Mart enjoyed continued success in the years to come and by the early 1990s, the company’s stock worth had surged to $45 billion

1988

Walton had stepped down as CEO in 1988, but remained active in the company until his death in 1992

1980

Ever the innovator, Sam Walton launched the first Sam's Club in the 1980s to serve small businesses and individuals

1972

By 1972, Wal-Mart was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (WMT)

1970

The company went public in 1970 and the first stock was sold at $16

1967

Over the next few years several Wal-Mart stores sprung up all over the nation and by 1967, the Walton family owned 24 stores, registering up to $12

1962

Founded in the United States in 1962, the company is now a multinational with over 11,000 stores in 28 countries, under a total 65 banners

1960

He found considerable success in retail management with his pioneering concepts, and by the early 1960s, Walton, along with his brother James, owned 15 Ben Franklin franchises and one independent store

1945

Married by now, he borrowed some money from his father-in-law and purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport, Arkansas, in 1945

1943

Sam Walton married Helen Robson on February 14, 1943

1942

He resigned from the job in 1942 in order to serve in the World War II

1940

He graduated in 1940 with a bachelor’s degree in economics

1936

Hickman High School in Columbia where he was voted the "Most Versatile Boy" at the time of his graduation in 1936

1918

He was born as Samuel Moore Walton on March 29, 1918, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, U

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