Microsoft's Paul Allen: Working with Bill Gates was like "being in hell"

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paul-allen.jpgPaul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft is quite the eccentric, often compared to the reclusive Howard Hughes. His enormous wealth has funded no end of bachelor fantasies (including owning his own private space rocket and jamming with the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger).

In a candid interview with CBS 60 Minutes just ahead of the release of his memoirs “Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft”, Allen recalls his early days with Bill Gates, and his eventual falling out with the world’s richest man. Apparently Allen overheard Gates calling him “unproductive” whilst Allen was recovering from Stage 4 lymphoma cancer, and would often start “personal verbal attacks” against his partner. It was like “being in hell” says Allen, who left Microsoft in 1983.

You can catch some extras from the interview by following this link.

Gerald Lynch