Bill Gates

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  • Bill Gates’ full name is William Henry Gates III and he was born in Seattle, Washington, United States on the 28 October 1955.
  • Bill Gates is an American who, in 2013, was the richest person in the world, and also held the ‘richest person in the world’ position from 1995 to 2009 (excluding 2008).
  • Bill Gates is the chairman and co-founder of Microsoft, the biggest software company in the world, of which he was also the chief executive officer (CEO) for a number of years.
  • Bill Gates married Melinda French, a Microsoft executive, on the 1 January 1994, in Hawaii, and have three children born who were born between 1996 and 2002.
  • Bill Gates owns and lives in a 6100 m2 estate (66,000 square feet) in Medina, Washington, that is believed to be worth US$125 million.

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Bill Gates
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  • Bill Gates established the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity that focuses its cause on extreme poverty, healthcare, and American education, and Gates and his wife have donated over $28 billion to charities.
  • Bill Gates has written two books and invested in five different companies including Microsoft, and has a flower fly (Eristalis gates) named after himself.
  • Bill Gates favourite board game as a child was the strategy game Risk.
  • Bill Gates became the youngest self-made billionaire in the world in 1987, at the age of 31, when Microsoft gained a large profit.
  • Bill Gates was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005 and has received many honorary doctorates from universities around the world.
Bibligraphy:
Bill Gates Biography, 2013, Bio.com, <http://www.biography.com/people/bill-gates-9307520?page=4>

Julie Andrews

She is a legend.

  • Julie Andrews’ full name is Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews.
  • Julie Andrews is an actress, singer, director, dancer and author.
  • Julie Andrews was born on the 1 October, 1935, in Surrey, England.
  • Julie Andrews was named a dame, by Queen Elizabeth II, in 2000, for services to the performing arts.
  • Julie Andrews’ voice was damaged in 1997 due to a throat operation, and she never regained her incredible four octave singing voice, and as a result, she has participated in very few singing performances ever since.

 

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Julie Andrews
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  • Julie Andrews married Tony Walton, and later Blake Edwards, and had five children, two of them orphans adopted from Vietnam, and two of them step children from Edwards’ previous marriage.
  • Julie Andrews started performing on stage with her parents in 1945, and within two years she was singing solo.
  • Julie Andrews is best known for her work as an actress in the musical Disney film ‘Mary Poppins’ (1964), portraying the main character, Mary Poppins; and as Maria von Trapp, in the 20th Century Fox film, the ‘Sound of Music’ (1965).
  • Julie Andrews has won over 25 awards, and been nominated for many, including 16 for Best Actress.
  • Julie Andrews has written many children’s books, some of which have become  New York Times bestsellers.
Bibliography:
Julie Andrews, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Andrews>

C.S. Lewis

Read any of his works?

  • The full name of C.S. Lewis is Clive Staples Lewis.
  • C.S. Lewis was born on the 29 November 1898 in Belfast, Ireland and died on the 22 November 1963 at Oxford, England.
  • C.S. Lewis’ main writings were Christian apologetics (defending the Christian faith), and fantasy and children’s fictional literature.
  • C.S. Lewis was known as ‘Jack’ to his friends and family, after the loved “Jacksie”, a neighbourhood dog, which died when Lewis was four years old.
  • C.S. Lewis became an atheist when he was 15, and became a strong Christian at age 32, influenced by his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien and the writings of G. K. Chesterton.
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  • C.S. Lewis was a tutor at the Oxford University from 1925 to 1954.
  • C.S. Lewis married the American writer, Joy Davidman, in 1956, who died four years later.
  • C.S. Lewis shared ideas with J.R.R. Tolkien, and was part of a group called the Inklings, who discussed literature.
  • C.S. Lewis has written at least thirty books, and some have been translated into 30 languages and millions of copies have been sold.
  • C.S. Lewis is best known for his “Chronicles of Narnia” series, a set of fantasy books written for children.
Bibliography:
About C.S. Lewis, 2008 Harper One, <http://www.cslewis.com/about.aspx>

James Morrison (Musician)

Aussie jazzer.

  • James Morrison is a jazz musician that plays multiple instruments, most notably the trumpet.
  • James Morrison was born on the 11 November 1962.
  • James Morrison was born in Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia.
  • James Morrison has been seen playing a clarinet, trombone, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, tuba, double bass, euphonium, piano, saxophone and trumpet.
  • James Morrison was chosen as artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival in 2012, for 2013 and 2015.

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  • James Morrison’s father is a church minister, his older brother is a jazz drummer, his sister is a trumpeter, and his mother is a pianist and alto saxophone player.
  • James Morrison has designed his own instruments, most notably a trumpet called ‘The Raven’ which has rotary valves.
  • James Morrison built his own recording studio in Sydney.
  • James Morrison once played the wrong Spanish anthem at the Davis Cup in Australia.
  • James Morrison has presented the jazz music on Qantas Airlines inflight radio, and has presented the television show, Top Gear Australia.
Bibliography:
James Morrison, 2013 Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Morrison_(musician)>
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