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Bill Gates and Social Class

This was upper class or middle class. He got to go to an elite school(the Lakeside School (Miller). Then he went to Harvard University, which is a very well known university where many rich students go (Miller). He did not go all the way through Harvard. He dropped out in his third year to start making software and started his company, Microsoft (Miller).

Bill Gates arrived at his present status because his Harvard education gave him status. Everyone in America knows about Harvard, and when someone goes to school there, they get much higher status. But he also worked hard at Microsoft to make it a successful company. He made it so that Microsoft software was given to people free when they bought a computer. Most people had Microsoft software because of that, so Bill Gates had lots of power.

Bill Gates had an advantage over other people that might want to start a software company because he is white and does not have an ethnic background that causes prejudice. There is prejudice against black people in America and also people of different ethnic backgrounds like Hispanic or Oriental. Bill Gates is a typical American who does not have anything in his social position that can hold him back from being successful and making a lot of money in America.

There have been many events that have affected Bill Gates and his social status. Bill Gates "gives away lots and lots of money," and this has made his social


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