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Microsoft

The story of Bill Gates, arguably Harvard’s most famous dropout before Mark Zuckerberg came along, by now is legend: According to the company’s official history, a scrawny computer geek in 1975 bailed on the Ivy League to form a software company that helped change the world. The result was a slew of people and products that are now household names across the globe: Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer, Windows, Internet Explorer and so on. When the 2010 fiscal year came to a close last June, Microsoft boasted 88,000 employees, with $62.48 billion in net revenues and $18.76 billion in net income for the 12-month period.

Source: Company documents


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