It was bound to happen sooner or later, but
Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, stepped down, with Ballmer replacing him.
Was this prompted by the DOJ investigation? Possibly, but not in the way
you think. Gates has been, for pretty much the late 80s and 90s, Microsoft.
The two are one. Microsoft, Gates. Gates, Microsoft. Given the way
Microsoft botched the DOJ trial, I almost think that this was orchestrated
from the beginning as a way to allow Gates to retire from Microsoft without
the stock tanking once he left.
Gates is nothing if not a brilliant (if not outright ruthless) businessman
who's entire fortune is tied to a huge paper tiger. Even if he wanted to,
he couldn't liquidate his stocks fast enough.
Then again, if Gates said they were splitting the company, he could pull it
off without the hold DOJ thang to blame it on. He pulled the company around
180 degrees several times in the 90s to make up for missed opportunities
without so much as a pause so maybe the whole DOJ thang was a blunder on
I don't know.
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