Was originally hyped business role downplayed in Gates' knighthood?

Was originally hyped business role downplayed in Gates' knighthood?

Summary: Today, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was awarded honory knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Gates will be in rare company, joining the likes of Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, entertainer Bob Hope and musician Bob Geldof.

SHARE:
TOPICS: Tech Industry
8

Today, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was awarded honory knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Gates will be in rare company, joining the likes of Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, Hollywood icon Steven Spielberg, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, entertainer Bob Hope and musician Bob Geldof. It's been more than a year since it was announced that Gates would be knighted. According to most

Topic: Tech Industry

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

8 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Hehe.. the announcement was from his bank..

    Percentage wise, I gave more when I buy girl scout cookies..

    The way money is earned, in this case illegally, is more important than who you give it to.
    Xunil_Sierutuf
  • Not really

    "...(some love, others hate, very few seem in between)..."

    I don't think that's necessarily true. I certainly neither "love" nor "hate" Microsoft or Bill Gates, and I know plenty of others in IT who feel the same. Sure, in these talkbacks the attitudes toward Bill Gates and Microsoft tend to be polarized, but that's because Microsoft's actions directly affect those posting here (well, most anyway), and these talkbacks allow a measure of anonymity that emboldens some people into making outrageous statements that they wouldn't make face-to-face. But the average non-IT person probably knows very little about the legality of Microsoft's past business actions or about the Gates Foundation. If you polled people on the street, I bet you'd find that most simply don't care one way or the other; there are plenty of other, more important things to worry about.

    Don't let the hysteria of a vocal few on these talkback boards convince you that everyone is so fanatical.

    Carl Rapson
    rapson
    • Your being a drag...

      You know ZNet can't have a day without feeding the bashing frenzy.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Bashing?

        To No Ax and others:

        My post was not meant to bash in anyway. Compared to a year ago when his contribution to the global enterprise was being highlighted as the primary reason for Gates' knighthood, it's my observation tha the the focus has shifted and I think that's an observation worth noting. Now, you may disagree with me on that observation (and I'd just ask that you offer your own evidence if you do). But to the extent that the focus shifted, I believe my post is neutral when it comes to passing any judgement. It attempts identify the the facts that may be relevant to the shift in focus, looks to address all points of view, and in fact finds good in the news regardless of whether YOU (not me) think poorly of Microsoft or Bill Gates. So, if the story falls in any direction, I believe it's not in the bashing direction, but the other way.

        db
        dberlind
        • Berlind, you ignorant sl*t

          You are just too biased to exist! ;)

          I too remember that Dollar Bill was to be knighted for his business acumen - ala Adam Smith (ANOTHER Brit). But, most of my news comes from reading ZDNet, so I can see where we could both be getting the same story. This change in direction looks like spin to me! NO ONE can criticize charity, can they?
          Roger Ramjet
        • Re: Bashing?

          David,

          Since you mentioned 'and others' in your salutation, I am guessing that you are including my post as well. I want to point out that I made no accusation of 'bashing'; I certainly didn't see anything in your blog that could be considered 'bashing'. My only observation was concerning your comment about peoples' extreme feelings toward Microsoft. If you saw that as an accusation of 'bashing', it wasn't intended as such.

          I think that we, as ones who spend most of our time immersed in IT and writing/reading these (and similar) articles, tend to start believing that everyone is as passionate toward Microsoft. I'm only saying that I don't think that's true. Those who are passionate about their religion tend to believe that everyone is (or should be) just as passionate. And these days, those who are passionate about their political beliefs believe that everyone is (or should be) just as polarized.

          Like it or not, a sizeable (and unfortunately vocal) minority of people within the IT community have indeed made 'religions' out of their feelings toward Microsoft and/or their feelings about 'free' and 'open-source' software. You only have to read these talkbacks regularly to see the same extremism and intolerance that is so rampant in religious and (these days) political discussions.

          On the whole, I liked (and agreed with) your article.

          Carl Rapson
          rapson
          • The "others"

            Carl:

            Knowing there would be more posts, I decided to pick the easiest route to acknowledging there might be more of the same (accusations) from other people, while at the same time trying not to be all-inclusive of everyone who took the time to comment. Thanks for your note.

            db
            dberlind
        • I agree with you...

          Bill Gates may justly deserve a Knighthood, for his charitable givings and funds; However I must disagree anyone who says that he should get a Knighthood for any business dealings, giant software company or not.
          Knighthood should be reserved for those who make a giant difference in the lives of others, be it in art, charity, or deed. Being the head of a giant corporation doesn't really fall in to any of those categories, but helping needy people by giving a way billions of dollars would.
          el1jones