Malcolm Gladwell, Author of bestselling books such as “Blink” and “The Tipping Point”, said during an interview late last month at the Toronto Public Library that people will remember Microsoft’s Bill Gates a half century from now but the memories of Apple’s Steve Jobs will fade away before Bill Gates.
[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]”Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. ‘Who was Steve Jobs again?’ But … there will be statues of Bill Gates across the Third World,” Gladwell said. “There’s a reasonable shot that — because of his money — we will cure malaria.”
Gates’ foundation has donated more than $2 billion around the world. Gladwell said: “I firmly believe that 50 years from now he will be remembered for his charitable work. No one will even remember what Microsoft is.”
“We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs what we are venerating,” he added. “They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn’t be great businessmen.”
“Every single idea he ever had came from somebody else. And he would be the first to say this. He would also take credit for things. He was shameless. He was an extraordinarily brilliant businessman and entrepreneur. He was also a self-promoter on a level that we have rarely seen.”