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Microsoft co-founder blasts Gates in memoir

Stephen Foley in New York

Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00

BILL GATES is a ruthless schemer who demeaned his employees and conspired to rip off his business partner, according to a memoir written by the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.

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Mr Allen's forthcoming book reveals a deep-seated bitterness at the heart of the famous relationship that created the most successful software company the world has ever seen.

In 'Idea Man: A Memoir', Mr Allen also claims that Gates never gave him enough credit for his contribution to Microsoft's earliest development, nor a big enough share of the company.

Mr Gates and Mr Allen first became friends in 1968 over their Seattle high school Teletype machine, on which they wrote their first software together.

Mr Allen moved to Boston and Gates dropped out of Harvard University in 1975 so they could work on what would eventually become Microsoft. The company is now worth $220bn (€155bn).

In excerpts published in 'Vanity Fair' yesterday, Mr Allen says he was "taken aback" when Mr Gates suggested Microsoft should split 64pc in his favour, rather than 50-50.

Gates won, and it is clear that the wounds are still raw. Mr Gates strove to rise above the accusations yesterday.

"While my recollection of many of these events may differ from Paul's," he said, "I value his friendship and the important contributions he made to the world of technology and at Microsoft." (© Independent News Media)

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