Paul G. Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, may be one of the world’s richest men, with a fortune pegged at $13 billion. But he still resents his former partner, Bill Gates, for not sharing enough credit or giving him his due financially.
In a memoir due out next month that is tinged with bitterness and regret, Mr. Allen accuses Mr. Gates of whittling down his ownership in the company and taking credit for some of his contributions.
The accusations surprised some in the small circle of early Microsoft alumni, as Mr. Gates and Mr. Allen have known each other since high school and have remained on friendly terms until recently. What’s more, Mr. Allen’s wealth soared largely because of Microsoft successes that came well after he left the company in 1983.
He’s the co-founder of Microsoft. He has $13 billion mostly because of things the company did after he left.
When God says, “Everybody who wants to be screwed like Paul Allen was, please stand in a row,” you’re going to find me on that really long line.
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- Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen tells all in new book (seattletimes.nwsource.com)