Bill Gates (born 1955) is the founder of Microsoft and the 46th President of the United States (New Republic). On October 28, 2015, his 60th birthday, he decided to step down from chairman of his company, giving it to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He stated that he was done with Microsoft. He criticized the Romney administration for its war strategy. Some third-parties started a campaign to draft Gates as a candidate. Gates formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States on July 4, 2019 in Houston, Texas. In his announcement, Gates emphasized that America is continually led by tyranny. He flirted with both the Democratic and Republican parties, but instead ran as an Independent. He then made visits to Yale University and his alma mater Harvard University. After that, Gates planned a three-day trip to New York and California. On November 17, 2019, he hired Beau Biden to be his campaign manager. During the election cycle, he donated $1 million to federal parties. By 2020, he was endorsed by many politicians, Democratic and Republican, including former governor Arnold Schwartznegger. He was also endorsed by Microsoft and rivals Apple and Google. As a candidate of the people, Bill Gates launched a successful campaign. He announced that his running mate would be business magnate Donald Trump. On July 1, 2020, the Democratic Party cancelled its National Convention and lent its support to Gates. On November 4, 2020, Gates defeated Republican Party candidates Rand Paul and Sarah Palin by a vote of 473 to 65. Gates carried every state except Texas and Pennsylvania. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2021. Gates began his presidency with approval ratings near 75%. As president, Gates signed domestic legislation in the form of the Youth Education Act of 2021. In foreign policy, he ended the war in Afghanistan. During his presidency, he supported the Gates Foundation. For his war effort, he earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 2024. He was the Time Person of the Year in 2024 for the second time (the first being in 2005). He decided not to run in 2024 due to decline in health. Gates ended his presidency with approval ratings near 90%. Today, Gates is consistently ranked among the greatest presidents of the United States, according to polls of both scholars and the general public.

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