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Microsoft

Microsoft was founded in 1975 by childhood chums Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Originally, the name of the company was spelled Micro-Soft, but they dropped the hyphen and never looked back.

Both men eventually transitioned out of day-to-day roles in the company and took positions on the board of directors. But the company they founded continues to do just fine, thank you very much, reporting $77.3 billion in net revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30.


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