Bill Gates was the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft until 2000, and he was on the board of Microsoft until 2020. However, over the years, Gates sold various stakes in Microsoft and diversified away from it. As of 2019, Gates had a 1.34% stake in Microsoft, which he might still own, valued at about $25 billion.
Bill Gates has been a critical figure in Microsoft’s history, leading the company until the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he stepped down as CEO, a title that went to Steve Ballmer.
Over the years, Microsoft diversified its business model, moving into various segments.
Today Microsoft’s business model spans different segments, from the cloud (Microsoft Azure) to search (Bing), social (LinkedIn), enterprise services (GitHub), and gaming (Xbox).
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