Malcolm Gladwell believes entrepreneurs are unjustly viewed by society as new-age prophets. Speaking at the Toronto Public Library's Appel Salon, the best-selling author said "Literally, we worship [entrepreneurs]. If you read the literature about great entrepreneurs, it is iconography."
He went on to say that all great entrepreneurs are "amoral". "They are completely single-minded and obsessively focused on the health of their enterprise," he continued. "That's what makes them good at building businesses, but that's what also makes them people who are not worthy of this level of hagiography."
Gladwell believes entrepreneurs will be remembered for how they helped humanity and not how much wealth they accumulated. And that's why, according to him, BIll Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who plans to give away nearly all his wealth to help various causes around the world, will be remembered over Apple's late co-founder.
At his talk at the Toronto Public Library, Gladwell gave the following reasons for why this will happen:
"Gates is the most ruthless capitalist, and then he wakes up one morning and he says, 'enough.' And he steps down, he takes his money, he takes it off the table."
"I firmly believe that 50 years from now, he will be remembered for his charitable work, no one will even remember what Microsoft is.
"And of the great entrepreneurs of this era people will have forgotten Steve Jobs. Who's Steve Jobs again? There will be statues of Gates across the third world."
I'm going to have to disagree and say our grandkid's kids will know of the guy who ran the company that made the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and the Macintosh computer.
[via Business Insider]