Angela Dorothea Kasner, better known as Angela Merkel, was born in Hamburg, West Germany, on July 17, 1954. Trained as a physicist, Merkel entered politics after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Rising to the position of Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor, and one of the leading figures of the European Union, following the 2005 national elections. Angela Merkel enjoys the distinction of being the first female Chancellor of Germany since Germany's official founding in 1871. A repeat name on the Forbes “Most Powerful Woman” list, Merkel has been compared to Britain's Margaret Thatcher. Angel Merkel belongs to the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) party, which is conservative. Merkel's views on environment and foreign policy make her world leader to be reckoned with.
William Henry Gates
William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955. He is one of the world's richest people and perhaps the most successful businessman ever. He co-founded the software giant Microsoft and turned it into the world’s largest software company. He is the best-known entrepreneur of the PC revolution. He has also written two best-selling books and started his own charity with his wife. Gates was fascinated with electronics from a young age. In 1975 he read about a small technology company. He contacted them to see if they were interested in a computer programme he had written. This led to the creation of Microsoft. Gates later struck a deal with IBM that put Microsoft's Windows on IBM computers. This deal made Microsoft a major player in the IT industry. Gates was in charge at Microsoft from 1975 until 2006. He had a vision that computers could change everyone’s life. He helped make this vision come true and developed many products that are now part of modern life. His management style has been studied and copied around the world. “Time” magazine voted Gates as one of the biggest influences of the 20th Century. Scientists named the Bill Gates flower fly after him.