I just got finished reading the June 25, 2007 issue of InformationWeek which included two articles about Bill Gates, “The Legacy Of Bill Gates”. One article written by John Foley is titled “Titan” and the other written by John Soat is titled “Tryant”. What was interesting about both the articles was that are indepth studies of the man and his company, and the role Microsoft has played shaping technology for the past twenty-five years.
There was one quote in the “Tryant’ article that seemed to me to fit Mr. Gates and others like him. The article states:
There are parallels in American culture. In her popular and still well-regarded 1904 book, The History Of The Standard Oil Company, muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell wrote: “I never had an animus against their size and wealth, never objected to their corporate form. I was willing that they should combine and grow as big and wealthy as they could, but only by legitimate means. They had never played fair, and that ruined their greatness for me.”
That one word, ‘legitimate’ says it all. It is sad to say that the legacy of Bill Gates and his company may only conger up memories of the bad and not of the good. No matter how much money the Gates Foundation distributes, or how worthy the cause, there will always be the stigma of how some of the money was obtained.
If you haven’t read the article, I would highly recommend that you take the time to do so.
Full article here.
[tags]bill gates, informationweek, microsoft, legacy, [/tags]