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Bill Gates shares his 48-year old resume that shocked netizens

July 5, 2022 05:37 PM


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No one could fathom that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will need a job these days. But once he was like any other job seeker.

The world’s richest man has shared an old resume on LinkedIn, writing ruefully: "Whether you're a recent grad or a college dropout, I'm sure your resume looks a lot better than mine did 48 years ago," -- in other words, 1974.

Bill Gates was a Harvard student at that time, having already experience in many of the computers and programming languages of the moment. At that time Gates was co-leading a project at high school to handle scheduling for private high schools, earning over $10,000. And was in a partnership with Paul Allen, Gates' late co-founder of Microsoft, designing a system for traffic engineers to study traffic flow.

The most striking for ordinary people to note is the small section of personal data Gates added to the resume.

He says he's 5-foot-10-inches tall (about 1.78 meters) and weighs just 130 pounds (about 59 kilograms). He's just a freshman at Harvard but lists a salary of $12,000 (£9,915, AU$17,477) and says his desired salary is "open."

He also has no restrictions on a job location. But we do know that Gates and Allen started Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1975 before moving the company to its current location of Redmond, Washington.

"A $12,000 salary 48 years ago would have been amazing for a recent graduate -- you always did well, Bill Gates," wrote one LinkedIn commenter.

Gates' resume appears to have been typed up on a typewriter, as would have been the norm for 1974, before Gates and others helped spread the use of personal computers.

He also lists his home address where he lived with his parents when not at Harvard. The breathtaking mid-century modern home in the Seattle lakeside neighbourhood of Laurelhurst sold just a year ago for $2.6 million.

Gates wrote his first piece of software when he was just 13 years old. He rose to the position of the richest man in the world at the age of 26, a position he kept for a number of years.



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