Bill Gates says he will never come back to Microsoft full time

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has been making the TV news rounds today to promote the just released 2014 annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. However, Bloomberg TV decided to ask him some Microsoft-themed questions when Gates appeared on the cable network.

As he has done many times before, Gates did not indicate any chance he will return to working at Microsoft full time when asked that question today. He stated, "My full-time work will be with the foundation for the rest of my life." He did say he will "help out part time" with Microsoft. Indeed, he has already stated that he will be very involved with helping whomever is selected as the company's new CEO.

Gates told the interviewer there was nothing new to say in terms of Microsoft's board finding a new leader for the company. However, when asked if he or the board had any sense of urgency in selecting its next CEO, Gates added, "Yeah, you always feel that way, but then again you want to pick the best person. They'll move at the right pace." The latest rumor on that search indicated that the board won't make a decision until the end of January at the earliest.

Source: Bloomberg TV

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Well, at 01:00 she asked if he would go back to Microsoft full time and he said his full time job is his foundation and then stated that it would be so for the rest of his life.

But I would have loved for her to ask if Microsoft has a succession plan and if not, then why not (because it sure seems that such a large company as Microsoft doesn't have a succession plan in place)

Granted yes; now when I listen again to the interview with the headline in mind - then yeah, sadly the headline is like most news sites today; incorrect!

The headline should more have been "Bill implies he will never...". It's more than likely a stupid "click-bait" article than all too many "journalists" (yeah I put that in "") practice

The transcript is like this: "Has that ever hit your vision in the future of ever going back to Microsoft, full time?" "Well, my full time work will be the foundation for the rest of my life [...] So I'm not, I'm not gonna change that although I'll help out part time"

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
So he implied it, but he didn't actually say it, as the headline states. Yes, it's technical. But words (and facts) matter.

The fact is he said, "My full-time work will be with the foundation for the rest of my life," and then clarified it by saying "I'm not going to change that. I'll help out part time."

The headline was never presented as an exact quote, if that's where the quibble rests. He did say what the headline states, just in a different phrasing.

Anthony Tosie said,

The fact is he said, "My full-time work will be with the foundation for the rest of my life," and then clarified it by saying "I'm not going to change that. I'll help out part time."

The headline was never presented as an exact quote, if that's where the quibble rests. He did say what the headline states, just in a different phrasing.

This. I see nothing wrong with the title... Especially considering that he has said this multiple times now...

I think everyone knew this though... He'll always be involved, but feels he can do better things with his charitable endeavers...

And that's really great.

Just how many times will they keep asking him the same stupid question? He's not even going to be a major shareholder by this year or next. Also, if he ever comes back do you think anybody else will ever agree to be a CEO at Microsoft in future?

Romero said,
Just how many times will they keep asking him the same stupid question? He's not even going to be a major shareholder by this year or next. Also, if he ever comes back do you think anybody else will ever agree to be a CEO at Microsoft in future?

Is possible to be a main shareholder and not to be part of the board. In fact, it happens often.

Brony said,

Is possible to be a main shareholder and not to be part of the board. In fact, it happens often.
Never said it isn't possible, but in his case he'll likely be Chairman but no longer a major shareholder.

Romero said,
Just how many times will they keep asking him the same stupid question? He's not even going to be a major shareholder by this year or next. Also, if he ever comes back do you think anybody else will ever agree to be a CEO at Microsoft in future?

He's still going to be a Major Shareholder... Even at the rate he's selling his stock, he'd be a major shareholder for a very long time... What is happening is he will no longer be the LARGEST Shareholder... But he's likely always going to be a Major Shareholder...

I think the talk of him having a "greater role" at Microsoft during the CEO shift is merely to instill confidence in the company. I think the truth is that he'll still play a small _actual_ role, although Microsoft may place him in the media a bit more than usual because he's such a well known face. It'll make shareholders less nervous. Or at least, I think so is the plan.

Enjoy life Bill. You deserve it. I'm hoping the company you built into a powerhouse comes out of the rut it's been in the past few years.

Mr. Dee said,
The same guy who said 640K should be enough for anyone?

Bill Gates claims to have never said that. From a Wired interview (google it for the complete interview) quoting Bill Gates: "Meanwhile, I keep bumping into that silly quotation attributed to me that says 640K of memory is enough. There's never a citation; the quotation just floats like a rumor, repeated again and again." And yet, people still want to believe.

Wow, you know what? Geeks brought that up back in the 90's and were seem lame back then. It's one of those things that people threw about when they had nothing valid to say about Gates/Microsoft/MS-DOS, but wanted to look like they were knowledgeable enough to give criticism (but weren't).

And now it's 20 years more lame...

Good. I like Gates but his energy and thoughts are elsewhere with his foundation and the other work he is doing. Coming back to MS and then having all that to still deal with and not being able to dedicate time to one of the other...would just hurt MS and the other things Gates is doing.

Like some shareholder asked, they want Bill and Ballmer completely out of MS, as a employee and as a board member.

Brony said,
Like some shareholder asked, they want Bill and Ballmer completely out of MS, as a employee and as a board member.

You really can't put much thought into that though. Shareholders suffer badly from the Grass Is Greener mentality. The same argument (and belief) resulted in Steve Jobs' departure...

Shareholders don't know how to run companies, they just always want more. More products, more faster, more dividends, higher market cap... Running a company with the instruction of the shareholders / board is a very dangerous thing.

Sit back and live off the royalties and interest and live your life in harmony. If I was Bill Gates this is what I would be doing.

MC GEEK said,
.....

And this is why you're not Bill Gates.

The thing aboug highly successful people is that they cannot sit back, they have to be going going going.

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