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It was early 2000, and Bill Gates had relinquished the chief executive’s job at Microsoft Corp. to Steve Ballmer – Mr. Gates retained the power, triggering a year long struggle between the two men that until now has remained largely under wraps.
Things became so bitter that, on one occasion, Mr. Gates stormed out of a meeting in a huff after a shouting match in which Mr. Ballmer jumped to the defense of several colleagues.
Embattled, Mr. Gates sought help. Eventually, in January 2000, he gave his chief executive title to Mr. Ballmer. Mr. Gates became Microsoft’s “chief software architect,” a new position that, in theory, was below that of Mr. Ballmer.
Soon, the two men clashed as Mr. Ballmer tried to assert himself in his new job. As the firm’s iconic leader, Mr. Gates still held sway that wasn’t tied to a title: In meetings Mr. Gates would interject with sarcasm, undermining Mr. Ballmer in front of other executives, Mr. Gates and other Microsoft executives say.Other Microsoft executives tried to step in, calling Messrs. Gates and Ballmer into a meeting with a clear message: Your struggles threaten the company, according to people familiar with the situation.
Microsoft’s board held its own discussions with the two men, and also dispatched Dave Marquardt, a director and early Microsoft investor, to have periodic dinners with the two to help sort through the troubles.
The stress on Mr. Ballmer was clear one morning in January 2001 while he was in Paris for an annual review of Microsoft’s businesses. In his hotel room at 3 a.m. after a long day of meetings, Mr. Ballmer posed a telling question to Mr. Raikes, the veteran Microsoft executive: “What is the CEO’s job at Microsoft?”
About Gates retirement, Once Mr. Gates leaves, “I’m not going to need him for anything. That’s the principle,” Mr. Ballmer says. “Use him, yes, need him, no.”
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According to a recent study by MIT, Bill Gates‘s Carbon emission was 10,000 times the national average. United States, which represents 5% of the world’s population is consuming almost one quarter of the energy available worldwide. So, what about the average Americans and the ultra-energy conscious? There does not seem to be much hope that Americans can consider themselves as energy-conserving as people living in other countries anytime soon.
The lowest annual carbon dioxide emissions was 8.5 tons and that was the usage calculated for a homeless person who ate in soup kitchens and slept in homeless shelters. If you look at a self-sustaining level, the
person with the lowest energy usage was a Buddhist monk who spent six months of every year living in the forest and had total annual spending of $12,500. His carbon footprint was 10.5 tons. The average annual carbon dioxide emission per person was found to be 20 metric tons in U.S., compared to a world average of four tons.