Not many people in the Sixty and Me community know that, before starting this website, I spent many wonderful years working at Microsoft.

I was there for the launch of Windows 95. I experienced the emotional highs and the disappointing lows. But, it wasn’t until I left the company that I really came to understand the significance of the company’s founder, Bill Gates.

Since Bill Gates turns 63 today, I thought that it would be a great opportunity to wish him a huge happy birthday on behalf of the women in the Sixty and Me community.

On a surface level, everyone in our generation has been directly influenced by Gates’ work. The chances are overwhelming that you are reading this article on a Windows PC. Microsoft made the world a more productive place and created billions of dollars of additional wealth.

As one of the world’s richest men, you would think that Bill Gates would be happy to jet-set around the world, buying basketball teams and overseeing the construction of one new mega-yacht after another.

In reality, Bill has dedicated his time, after leaving Microsoft to making the world a better place. It’s not just that he has given billions of dollars to charity. His thoughtful approach to charitable giving world has become a model for social change.

I encourage you to read more about his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and follow Bill on his blog at Gates Notes.

So, today, let’s all take a second to say “Happy Birthday, Bill Gates!”

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