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  1. Bill Gates III • Born October 28, 1955 • He is an American business magnate. • He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people and the wealthiest overall as of 2009. • During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO and chief software architect an remains the largest individual shareholder with more than 8 percent of the common stock. He has also authored or co-authored several books.

  2. Bill Gates III • Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer. • REDMOND, Wash. — It's just a short time before he will leave full-time duties at Microsoft (MSFT), and Bill Gates is reflecting on a longtime passion: the human-type interfaces he believes will usher computing well beyond the keyboard and mouse — everything from Tablet PCs with handwriting recognition to Surface tabletop computers that recognize objects and human touch.

  3. Bill Gates III • "None of these techniques — vision, ink, speech, touch — are mainstream," he says. • Microsoft is making a large bet on what Gates calls these "natural user interfaces." It's one of the areas in which Gates will remain involved post-retirement.

  4. Bill Gates III • Microsoft. After Friday, he will remain chairman and a part-time employee as he shifts his main focus to philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  5. Bill Gates III • Gates' departure completes a long-planned transition. He gave up the CEO post to Steve Ballmer in 2000; three years ago, the two men first discussed Gates leaving his current gig.

  6. Bill Gates III • There's no reluctance here," Gates says during one of his last in-person interviews before switching gears. "This is something that I've driven."

  7. Bill Gates III • Gates won't be totally removed, of course. He'll work on natural interfaces and other projects, though he says, "I wouldn't try and suggest that my ongoing role is key to this stuff. …

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