The ability of corporate hierarchy to create cultish conformity is well-known. But Gates took it to new cultish heights, as shown in business reporting on Gates’s rocking habit: “It has become part of the corporate culture at Microsoft among programmers trying to re-create themselves in the chairman’s image. Gates often rocks himself in a chair, elbows on knees, to contain his intensity, especially when the talk is about computers; it’s not unusual to walk into a room of Microsoft managers and find most of them rocking in sync with him during an important meeting.”
In addition to the network effects, it was Gates’s burning desire to grind his competitors to sand, along with his desire to set the standard that software makers would conform to, that led to Microsoft selling over 90 percent of the PC operating systems of the 1990s and 2000s. That dominance made Gates the world’s richest man for decades on end.
As for Gates’s original empire, the Bush administration’s Department of Justice dropped its demand to break up the company, despite a federal court formally ruling that Microsoft had a monopoly on Intel-based PC operating systems, and that it had used illegal monopolization tactics to crush software threats from Netscape, Sun, Apple, and others. So today Gates remains cartoonishly rich, and free to step down from Microsoft’s board on his own terms.
Meanwhile, the corporate media happily help to spit-shine his reputation as a generous benefactor of humanity instead of a petty, bullying scumbag.jacobinmag Bill Gates’s Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket