Bill Gates is a technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He was born in Seattle, Washington where he also grew up. At an early age, Gates used his first computer and the following year, at just 13 years old, he began programming with his childhood friend, Paul Allen. By 1973, Gates was enrolled in Harvard University, but he dropped out to start Microsoft with Allen. When Gates and Allen started Microsoft in 1975, they had a vision of “a computer on every desktop and in every home,” which seemed unlikely, but thanks to Microsoft, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and a number of other companies, that vision has become a reality in many parts of the world. By 2006, Gates decided to leave his daily job at Microsoft, eventually stepping down as chairman in 2014 to serve as technology advisor while still remaining on the board.
Bill Gates has alluded to his past drug and LSD use saying, “My errant youth ended a long time ago… That means there were things I did under the age of 25 that I ended up not doing subsequently...The young mind can deal with certain kinds of gooping around that I don't think at this age I could.” Although LSD is a harder drug, Gates has yet to admit or even allude that he smokes marijuana. His biography, “How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry—and Made Himself the Richest Man in America”, does however suggest that Gates once smoked weed in his youth, “Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice, but in [roommate Sam] Znaimer's words, 'on a couple of well-planned isolated occasions we'd go off to the country and spend time contemplating the universe.'” Even though Gates won’t admit to smoking marijuana, he will admit to supporting the legalization of marijuana, as he voted “yes” in 2012 to legalize the drug in his home state.