“Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, no stranger to provocative opinions, is at it again,” Brandon Griggs reports for CNN.
“During a recent interview in Toronto, Gladwell said that people a half-century from now will revere Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates but will have no clear memory of his longtime tech rival, Apple chief Steve Jobs,” Griggs reports. “‘Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. ‘Who was Steve Jobs again?’ But … there will be statues of Bill Gates across the Third World,’ Gladwell said. ‘There’s a reasonable shot that — because of his money — we will cure malaria.'”
“Of Gates, whose foundation has given more than $2 billion to causes around the world, Gladwell said: ‘I firmly believe that 50 years from now he will be remembered for his charitable work. No one will even remember what Microsoft is,'” Griggs reports. “Gladwell made the comments late last month during a public appearance at the Toronto Public Library. His remarks began drawing attention this week after the library posted a video clip of the interview online (the Gates-Jobs stuff starts around the 9:30 mark).”
Griggs reports, “Gladwell did not elaborate on why he believes Jobs’ legacy won’t endure, although he made some unflattering comments about the late Apple co-founder, who died in October 2011. ‘Every single idea he ever had came from somebody else. And he would be the first to say this. He would also take credit for things. He was shameless. He was an extraordinarily brilliant businessman and entrepreneur. He was also a self-promoter on a level that we have rarely seen.'””
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MacDailyNews Take: Malcolm who? 😉
We just iCal’ed this for Friday, June 9, 2062. We’ll check back then to see who remembers whom and, if so, for what.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]