Bill Gates: How a Geek Changed the World

Bill Gates: How a Geek Changed the World

2008, Biography  -   34 Comments
Ratings: 8.09/10 from 81 users.

Bill Gates: How a Geek Changed the WorldThe Money Programme's Fiona Bruce gains exclusive access to Bill Gates as he prepares to step down from full-time involvement with Microsoft, the company he helped found.

Gates's company has changed the world, but he's a controversial figure, with his ruthless business leadership contributing to Microsoft being sued by the US government.

In a special one-hour edition of the Money Programme, Fiona Bruce presents the definitive profile of Bill Gates as he embarks on his latest challenge: giving away the billions he's amassed.

She examines the fortunes of Microsoft as it faces up to competition from Internet-based companies, and the programme asks an array of well-known friends, colleagues and rivals what the future holds for the company in a post-Gates world.

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Wake Up
11 months ago

He is one of the most dangerous people on the planet and should be in jail for the rest of his life.

7 years ago

if he was going to kill us he would have done it longtime ago

7 years ago

wow stop hating

7 years ago

The fact is and some of you kind of touched on it, Gates himself didn't do much of anything except become the luckiest man of the 20th century. And he certainly didn't 'change the world.' First of all he never created the interactive desktop, he stole that from Apple. (Mac) The federal courts we equally ignorant of small user software and awarded him the rights, (and every other manuf.) saying essentially that such a thing wasn't copy-write protected or patent-able. Now they know otherwise.

Zerox Labs thought there was no future value to the mouse, he and everybody got that too.

Then he got real lucky when he licensed (first time ever IBM went outside the co. for software) software he didn't own and then purchased what was Seattle software's operation system, renamed it MSDOS...and licensed to IBM. (IBM even had to work some bugs out) IBM was in way too much of a hurry to compete with the Mac and proceeded to establish MSDOS (then Windows as THE PC platform. (along with Intel motherboard) All of which GAVE MS (Gates) a monopoly with the DOS format and Windows OS that IBM sold for him. That's why IBM is now out of the PC business too. Agreed by many analysts that IBM's was the worst corporate decision of the 20th century.

The courts remain ignorant when the refused to hear any appeal. Compare it to the case that the DOJ had against IBM with Cobalt and Fortran. (mainframe) software that got a consent sell it. The courts with the MS ruling cost the users untold billion$ and the country probably millions of jobs. (I was at IBM at the time and saw all of this coming)

Lee Shafer
8 years ago

i prefer the current 21221 over godsclaws

11 years ago

Still a much bigger fan of Apple than microsoft....

11 years ago

Seen the docu, the first one, now. Must say, it gives a new perspective. Kinda like this men. So much determination, nobody can stop him:) And even with all that money, he still goes on and on and on, he's even wanting to give it all the way, to just WIN! I love that:D

11 years ago

Microsoft started it all and now will be taken (partly not happy with it) by Apple (pc market)/Google (internet market). Microsoft though will be the PC I will use. I love it:D Actually a huge lot is working on it. The only sad thing is the virusses.

11 years ago

nice and inspirng... hard work always pays..

11 years ago

Social philanthropy is giving back to the victim a little of what the philanthropist has ruthlessly got out of him. You first exploit him, make him work innumerable hours and all the rest of it, and amass a great deal of
wealth by cunning, cheating, and then come around magnanimously and give a little to the poor victim

11 years ago

I liked the film. The success of Microsoft in such a short time is incredible and has had a profound effect on our lives. Even my 80 plus father is plunking away at a computer keyboard and complaining how he can't get high speed internet on the farm. This change in lifestyles demonstrates how quickly things can change and that our society may not be where we expect it to be twenty years from now.

12 years ago

I`m confused - If his only remaining ambition is to get a Nobel peace prize then all he has to do is buy the next presidency........... Duhh Billy!

12 years ago

Wow, I watched the first doc and thought it was great. Was then very dissapointed with the second "doc"

12 years ago

Watch out Africa, money is after your ass.ests.

12 years ago

What a load of crap!

Or... hmm... perhaps I was wrong. I thought this was a doc, but perhaps this is a add. So yeah... great job! :D

I wonder how much did this add cost to Bill the Great. The "true philanthropist". (Yeah right)

12 years ago

The BORG!!! hehe Oh and MS spent 5.5 BILLION on BING which has become a failure. Even if MS spiders Google's Index and cheats... wont work. Google has the Internet search by the Balls.

12 years ago


12 years ago

Pretty nice doc, if u liked it look up "Fire in the valley" for more about ruthlessness.

2nd that Daryl.. TY Vlatko, for making my TV redundant.

12 years ago

Never fails to amaze me looking at this Kermit like figure and reconciling the fact that he considers himself one of the masterclass and whilst his palid form pontificates on the evils of overpopulation and the media hypes him as a true philanthropist, he is killing millions of innocents and plans the extinction of all. He's nothing more than a throwback genetically, a psychopath, a killer.

12 years ago

I gather that this doc was made in 2008. Still very interesting. Thankyou Vlatko. I just love this site!