The 25 Craziest Things Ever Said by Tech CEOs

14. Bill Gates Small Memory Gaffe

Quote: No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer. 640K ought to be enough for anybody."
Date: 1981

Bill Gates has faithfully denied he never said this, but the quote has taken on a life of its own and become synonymous with the Microsoft founder. Supposedly, he was quoted at a computer trade show in support of the IBM PC's 640KB RAM limit, which he'd been heavily promoting that year. Chances are he might have been misquoted, having originally said, "640K ought to be enough for anybody" at the time. A feature on the Huntsville Times website notes Gates response to the remark: "I've said some stupid things and some wrong things, but not that. No one involved in computers would ever say that a certain amount of memory is enough for all time." The majority agress he said something along the lines of 640KB of RAM sufficing for PC users. Take the L and move forward.

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