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Bill Gates Signed: "To win big, sometimes you need to take big risks."


"To win big, sometimes you need to take big risks." 

-Bill Gates

In 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen create a partnership and call it Microsoft.  Microsoft will grow into one of the largest U.S. corporations and ultimately make Bill Gates the richest man in the world.

Gates and Allen had been buddies and fellow Basic programmers at Lakeside School in Seattle. After graduation Allen went to work for Honeywell in Boston, and Gates enrolled at Harvard University in nearby Cambridge. News in late 1974 of the first personal computer kit, the Altair 8800, got Gates and Allen excited, but they knew they could improve its performance with Basic.

They spoke to the president of Altair and sold him on the idea. Gates and Allen worked night and day to complete the first microcomputer Basic. Allen moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January 1975 to become director of software for MITS(Altair). Gates dropped out of Harvard his sophomore year and joined Allen in Albuquerque.

Gates was only 19 years old in March of 1975 when they finished Altair Basic and a month later on March 4, 1975 the Microsoft company was formed.  

On December 13, 1977 Gates was arrested  for a second time in New Mexico after speeding in his Porsche, running a stop sign, and driving without a license.  This stunning piece depicts Gates' mug shot from that day, and maybe confirms somewhat that he was more than just a rebel in the computing space but ultimately it was the computer space that would make Bill Gates infamous.

At the bottom left of the photo is a floating 3x5 card bearing one of Bill Gates' most inspiring quotes, "To win big, sometimes you need to take big risks."  A statement that any startup founder or business owner can relate to.  Below the quote Gates has signed his name "Bill Gates" in his own hand, using a black fiber-tip marker.

All of this is beautifully framed in our hand built, contemporary, wide frame, enhanced with professional white matting.

As with all of our works, every piece is original.  Only the highest quality materials have been used in the assembly of this item.  Sourced from the best manufacturers around the world, we build every frame tailored specifically for the item it will hold.  Protected with 99% UV museum quality glass, and carefully crafted with acid free paper whenever possible.  Our premium wood moldings are cut using the newest technology and every single piece is assembled and inspected by our team here in Los Angeles.

All autographs have been authenticated by third party experts from the top authenticators in the country, and notarized certificates of authenticity are included in a black leather portfolio.  Copies of the original authentications are kept on file with Billionaire Collectibles and can be retrieved by the original purchaser. 

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