Bill Gates might seem like a nice, chilled out, mild mannered CEO but it turns out that behind-the-scenes he’s a bit of a passive aggressive nightmare of a boss.
As reported by the Daily Mail, apparent nice guy Gates gave a fascinating insight into his business practices in an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs this morning.
Although we’ve all come across that boss who keeps an irritatingly close eye on what time you clock in and out of the office, it appears that Gates took this concept to a whole new level entirely.
The supposedly down to earth tech billionaire revealed quite a different side to his personality on the show, when he discussed how, in the early days of Microsoft, he actually used to memorise all of his employees’ license plates to check exactly when they were arriving at and leaving the office.
I had to be a little careful not to try and apply my standards to how hard they worked. You know, I knew everyone’s license plates so I could look out in the parking lot and see when people were coming in, when people were leaving. Eventually I had to loosen up as the company got to a reasonable size.
That’s good of him. We suppose memorising thousands of license plates nowadays wouldn’t be a particularly effective use of Bill’s time, although we wouldn’t put it past him, to be honest.
Still, despite Gates being a bit too involved at times, with $77 billion (£54bn) under his belt, we imagine his employees are paid very handsomely indeed for their troubles.