Bill Gates is an entrepreneur, businessman, software developer, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of the Microsoft Software Company, which is the largest PC software company in the world. Since Microsoft began in 1975, Bill Gates has held several positions in this company including being, C.E.O, chief software architect, and chairman. He is a famous entrepreneur of the P.C revolution and Forbes has consistently ranked him as one of the wealthiest individuals in the world, beginning in 1987. Bill Gates is the son of a successful lawyer, William H. Gates Sr. His mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, had a short career as a teacher and then devoted her time to raising the kids and working with charities and on civic affairs. Mary also served on some corporate boards. He was born in Seattle, Washington, on 28th October 1955. Since his childhood, Bill Gates was encouraged to be competitive. He developed an interest in computers while at school, and during his teenage years, Bill wrote his first computer program. After completing high school, he enrolled at Harvard University, but he dropped out. Bill Gates chased his passion in computers, teaming up with a friend, Paul Allen, to launch Microsoft in 1975. The company became very successful, and within a few years, Bill Gates became a well-known global entrepreneur. Currently, he is one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Kris Jenner is an American reality television personality, producer, entertainment manager, author, and businesswoman. She is best known for appearing in the reality TV series ˜Keeping Up with the Kardashians'. She is also popular for appearing in ˜America's Next Top Model' and ˜The Talk'. A multi-faceted personality, she began her career as a flight attendant before starting her own business ventures. Eventually, she found wide-spread fame as a reality TV star. Jenner has also authored various books including her autobiography titled ˜Kris Jenner... and All Things Kardashian' and the cookbook ˜In the Kitchen with Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites'. On a personal note, the American reality TV star has four kids from her first marriage: Kim, KhloÃ©, Rob, and Kourtney and two daughters from her second one: Kendall and Kylie. Jenner, who also manages her children's' careers, is a socialite as well. She is associated with numerous charitable foundations and currently serves as a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Popularly known as the ˜Father of the Digital World', Steve Jobs was and still continues to remain the legendary, futurist visionary who created a sensation across the globe with his personal computer revolution! Not the one to be satisfied with a single achievement, he moved on to make history in the world of consumer electronics with his foray into the music and cellular industry. The founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc, Jobs gave information technology its life and blood. A master of innovation, he was known for his perfectionist attitude and futuristic vision. He foresaw trend in the field of information technology and worked hard to embrace the same in his line of products. With about 346 US patents by his side, Steve Jobs created a revolution in his field with his novel ideas and unique concepts. During his years at the Apple, he administered the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He was the mastermind behind the working of the company's Apple Retail Stores, iTunes Store and the App Store. Interestingly, with so much to fall back upon, it is quite amusing to know that this legendary innovator was not much educated, in fact a college dropout. To further equip yourself with interesting details of this revolutionary man, scroll further.
William Sanford ˜Bill' Nye, is an American television artist, host and entertainer, known popularly as ˜Bill Nye the Science Guy'. He was born and brought up in Washington D.C. to World War II veterans. His interest in science was initiated by his father who was a sundial enthusiast. He graduated from the Cornell University in mechanical engineering and began his science career at Boeing, Seattle where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor. He is a big fan of speading science education through entertainment and for that he began his entertainment career with small gigs at the comedy theatres, working as an assistant on the show ˜Back to the Future: The Animated Series' and eventually bagged the most famous role of his life, ˜Bill Nye the Science Guy'. Besides these shows on the television and doing science miniseries for The Discovery Channel, Nye partook in every opportunity to spread the message on restoring energy and environment and teaching small children and sometimes the mature audience the importance and role of science in day to day life. He has been honored by many universities with several doctorates because of his contribution to science with his acting skills and talent on the television.
Rowan Atkinson is a celebrated comic actor and writer, who is best-known for his role as ˜Mr. Bean' in the hit television series and two feature films of the same name. He is a man with a pliant face, who can alter his look from a complete buffoon to a snooty grandee in a matter of seconds. He learnt of his flair for comedy while attending Oxford University and since then, there has been no looking back. Apart from the rib-tickling ˜Mr. Bean' comedy series, he has gripped audiences with his performance in ˜The Black Adder'. He is often lauded for his black humor and his knack for physical comedy. During his early years, he was introduced to future screenwriter, Richard Curtis, with whom he wrote and performed comedy lampoons at the Oxford Playhouse and later at the Edinburgh Fringe. This led to local popularity and a stint in the popular television comedy series, ˜Not the Nine O' Clock News', which he wrote and acted in. He made his motion picture debut with the James Bond thriller, ˜Never Say Never Again' and went on to star in a number of films including ˜The Witches', ˜Four Weddings and a Funeral', ˜The Lion King', ˜Bean, ˜Johnny English' and ˜Keeping Mum'.
Howard Michael Mandel is a Canadian television host, comedian, producer and actor. He is considered as one of the top 100 comedians of all time. He has hosted NBC's game show ˜Deal or No Deal', not only in the USA but also in Canada. He has also lent his voice for multiple characters in shows and movies like ˜Muppet Babies' and ˜Gremlins'. He has acted in TV shows like˜Good Grief', ˜Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman', ˜Bobby's World' and ˜St. Elsewhere', in which he played the notorious intern, Dr. Wayne Fiscus. Mandel has also appeared in a number of movies like ˜Walk Like a Man', ˜Hansel and Gretel' and ˜Killing Hasselhoff'. Besides being an accomplished actor, he has also worked asan executive producer for a number of shows like ˜Bobby's World', ˜The Howie Mandel Show' and ˜Deal with It'. He is one of the judges in the hugely popular show, ˜America's Got Talent'.
Walter Bruce Willis, better known as Bruce Willis, is a talented television and movie actor famous for portraying versatile roles. While he shot to fame with his portrayal of David Addison in the television series ˜Moonlighting', he is better known for his action and dramatic roles in films like ˜Die Hard' and ˜The Sixth Sense'. As a youngster he had a stuttering problem and took to stage performances in order to overcome this issue. Coming from a family of blue collar workers, he worked at a number of menial jobs before foraying into professional acting. After struggling to find acting work he finally landed his first gig at an off-Broadway production of ˜Heaven and Earth'. He made his entry into television by winning the role of David Addison in the series ˜Moonlighting' by competing against 3000 other contenders. Soon the ambitious actor made his film debut with ˜Blind Date'. However it was his portrayal of John McClane in ˜Die Hard' that catapulted him into superstardom and there was no looking back. Today the multiple-award winning actor is not just one of the highest-grossing performers in Hollywood, but also one of the much sought after. The actor had also tried his hand at singing and had released a pop-blues album called ˜The Return of Bruno' which enjoyed moderate success.
Not many black actresses can claim to have as flamboyant and successful a career as Whoopi Goldberg. A star in her own right, she is one of the 14 entertainers ever to have an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in her kitty, a feat that select few can boast of. What differentiates Goldberg from her contemporaries is the excellence that she portrayed in all the mediums of entertainment, be it television, theatre, films or radio. She created history by becoming the first African-American woman to win the Academy Award for best supporting actress in nearly 50 years. Furthermore, she is only the second African-American actress to win an Academy Award for acting. In her career which spanned across three decades and more, she has served as an American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, Broadway star, political activist, author and talk show host. But did you know that Goldberg suffered from dyslexia during her early years? She also overcame drug addiction to achieve the high profile star status that she enjoys today. Her prolific career is filled with some impressive performances in films and television.
Reba Nell McEntire is a country music singer who has won numerous awards and accolades, thanks to her golden voice and immense talent. Born to a music loving mother, Reba was taught music and singing from a young age. Naturally inclined towards music the young girl taught herself to play the guitar. Along with her siblings, she formed a vocal group called the ˜Singing McEntires' which sang at rodeos. Her life took a turn for the better when her performance of the National Anthem at the National Rodeo got noticed by the country artist Red Steagall who helped her sign a contract with a major record label. Her initial years in the music industry were fraught with failures and success eluded her for a long time. Undaunted, the feisty singer worked on her voice and improved her style and brought out her album ˜My Kind of Country' which set the road right for her singing career by spawning two No.1 singles ˜How Blue' and ˜Somebody Should Leave'. The success of this album prompted her to release several more albums and singles which went on to become super hits and cemented her position as the reigning queen of country music. Eventually she made her foray into films with a role in the horror comedy ˜Tremors'; she also starred in several television movies.
Yo-Yo Ma is a renowned French-born Chinese American cellist and songwriter. Known for his extraordinary techniques and rich tones, he has won 18 Grammy awards in his career so far. He often collaborates with other musicians, from other genres as well as cultures, which has helped expand his audience. Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris, France, to parents who both excelled in the field of music. He started receiving training in music from a very early age. He began playing the cello when he only was only four and a half. As a child prodigy Yo-Yo Ma gave his first public recital when he was only five. At the age of seven, he even performed for American Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. He has performed for the sound tracks of several well-known films such as 'Seven Years in Tibet', 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha'. He has also made guest appearances in popular TV shows, such as 'Arthur' and 'The West Wing'. Other than his works in music, he has also been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2006.
Bruno Tonioli is an Italian dancer, choreographer and television personality who presently features as one of the judges of the popular British television dance contest ˜Strictly Come Dancing' and in its US version ˜Dancing with the Stars'. His expansive career in showbiz spanning over several decades has seen him working as choreographer for stage shows, music videos and tours of several renowned artists like Boy George, Elton John and Sting and bands like the ˜Rolling Stones' and ˜Duran Duran'. He has also featured in the music video of ˜I'm Still Standing' by Elton John. He co-created the BBC reality television series ˜DanceX' and featured in it as well as in its US version ˜Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann'. He has also worked on several big-screen flicks like ˜The Parole Officer' and ˜Ella Enchanted'; in television productions like ˜Scarlet Pimpernel' and ˜Blonde Bombshell'; and on-stage productions such as ˜Godspell' and ˜La Vie Parisienne'. He featured in many talk shows in the US including in ˜Jimmy Kimmel Live!' and ˜Lopez Tonight'. On the personal front he is a gay and has no qualms in divulging about his sexual orientation.
Akira Toriyama is a Japanese ˜Mangaka' or a manga artist (Manga is a comic created in Japan or in Japanese language, drawn in a specific late 19th century Japanese style). He is best known for his manga ˜Dragon Ball,' which is one of the most popular and successful manga in the world. He is a noted video-game character designer, known for the games ˜Dragon Quest' series, ˜Blue Dragon,' among others. Born and raised in Japan, he developed a liking for drawing manga during his school days. After working for a few years in an advertising company, he quit the job to become a manga artist. After his first few manga, he earned true recognition when his comedy series ˜Dr. Slump' received wide appreciation. He followed this up with even greater success of the series ˜Dragon Ball.' Millions of copies of his manga were sold worldwide and both these manga were adapted into anime. Later, he created shorter manga and one-shots. He received prominent awards in recognition of his excellent art. He is married to Yoshimi Kato and they have a son and a daughter.