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To no one's surprise, Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates topped Forbes magazine's 13th annual "world's billionaires"
list this July. In October he will be just 44 years old.
With $90 billion, Gates alone is worth as much as all of the nine
wealthiest people listed 10 years ago. Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder,
took the number three spot with $30 billion and the firm's president,
Steven Ballmer, ranked fourth with $19.5 billion. Three of the world's
four wealthiest men from just one company in an industry that didn't exist
25 years ago!
In fact, 25 years ago no one even suspected that we would be unable
to survive without the technology being created by Gates and Allen at
Microsoft, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniac at Apple Computer, and a few other
brilliant "madmen" who gave us the personal computer.
Love them or hate them, theirs is a story that fills us with as
much awe as envy. It's a uniquely American adventurethe incredible
story of how some talented kids turned their passion for technology into
a global industry. It's about making history and changing forever the
way we live, work, and communicate.
It's also about changing forever the way we look at new ventures.
And it's about money. Lots of money!