So what do you think of it? I personally think it’s weird that someone retires at 52. I don’t think he hated his job, and sure he can afford retiring unlike many other people, but so could he afford it long ago. What do you think his motivations are?
I do have an hypothesis. I think this is something his wife has made him do. Seriously. Granted, I guess his job wasn’t so exciting now as 30 years ago anyway… And I know he must take his philanthropist work very seriously, but still…
PS: I know a lot of people hate Mr. Gates wholeheartedly, but please this topic is only about his decision and motivations. Please stay on topic, thanks.
I guess he leaves Microsoft completely in the hands of Ballmer, since Vista has been a success. 88)
Seriously, I’ve no idea what to think since I don’t know anything about Gates. All I think is that Microsoft is obligued to deliver a really good OS to its users, because we’ve paid billions of dollars to the company and now we want something efficient and flexible. With, or without, Gates.
I have nothing against Gates personally, I’ve heard/read to little to know, but I find Ballmer to be very arrogant so it’s a pity that Gates is gone. On the other hand I have no idea how much Gates was involved in Microsoft’s development the last years since he wasn’t the CEO.
I can imagine that Gates now proceeds with charity work. He does have the $$ and from what I’ve heard he’s donated a lot already. If he keeps doing that, retiring now sounds alright.
he is not completely retired… he will work there 1 day a week… I guess on a Friday… and his still in the board of directors… he has stock shares worth $ 20.000.000.000 and his foundation has $ 40.000.000.000 thnks to his friend Warren buffet…
Also he thinks with steve ballmer and ray Ozzie about important projects, I think his bounded for life with Microsoft… And why blame him? He started the company along with Paul Allen I think and I think it dies with him!..
As Triple X said, he’s still on the board of directors, so he is not completely retired. I do know however that he will be spending a majority of his time and money on the Bill and Malinda Gates foundation.
I don’t think Microsoft will die with Gates, although if they have another bad OS release that could change ;D
As for my opinions on Ballmer, I don’t like him, but that’s another subject
I dislike the CEO of Microsoft too.
Bill Gates retired because had has a hell load of money and other commitments. Heck! Gates has SO MUCH MONEY, He has people actually looking after his money.
Think about it…
Gates has so much money, that disposing of it is hard work LOL. No time for MS.
He must get tired of looking at the money he gets from interest at his banks ;D
Why can’t he help Australia with the drought!