Scott G. McNealy co-founded Sun Microsystems Inc. in 1982 at age 27. He has since built an $18 billion computer giant, amassed a fortune, and become one of the industry's most vocal critics of rival Microsoft Corp. BusinessWeek Editor-in-Chief Stephen B. Shepard spoke with McNealy on Mar. 14 as part of the magazine's Captains of Industry series at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. Here are excerpts:
Q: Your father was vice-chairman of American Motors. And you grew up in Detroit. Were you a car buff as a kid?