Bill Gates's Long Goodbye

When the Microsoft chairman decided it was time for a change, he planned and scheduled it with an eye to calming investors' anxiety

The man who has come to define the PC revolution has decided to walk away—very slowly—from his creation. (see BW Online, 6/16/06, "Gates's Glorious, Qualified Legacy") Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman William H. Gates III said June 15 that he will give up his day-to-day role at the company in two years to focus on giving his vast riches away through the $29 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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