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June 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Malcolm Gladwell: History will forget Steve Jobs, remember Bill Gates

Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says that in 50 years, Steve Jobs will be forgotten but Bill Gates will be remembered — for his philanthropic work.

That’s according to CBS News, which reported on Gladwell’s comments at the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon.

Journalist Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point,” contended that entrepreneurs such as Jobs won’t be remembered for his contributions to the tech industry but that fellow entrepreneur Gates will be because of his moral leadership through his charitable work, according to CBS News.

What about Microsoft? Forgotten, Gladwell contends.

“Gates is the most ruthless capitalist, and then he wakes up one morning and he says, ‘enough.’ And he steps down, he takes his money, he takes it off the table,” CBS News reported Gladwell as saying. “I firmly believe that 50 years from now, [Gates] will be remembered for his charitable work, no one will even remember what Microsoft is.”

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