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Bitter rivalries can goad firms to greatness

This picture may not show it, but Tiny Rowland (left) and Mohammed al-Fayed hated each other's guts. Photo: AFP

Bitter personal rivalries are hardly unknown in the business world, and they are found at every level, from fiercely competing family stores to massive conglomerates.

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014, 1:34am 1 comment

Top 5 items on new Microsoft chief's to-do list

Satya Nadella will have a lot on his plate as he reshapes Microsoft into a “mobile-first, cloud-first” company. Photo: Reuters

As with any new chief executive, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella will have a packed agenda that includes filling top management roles and re-examining strategy.

Here are some of the most pressing items on Nadella’s to-do list as he reshapes Microsoft into a “mobile-first, cloud-first” company:

1. Integrate Nokia’s mobile device business.

5 Feb 2014 - 2:22pm

Bill Gates hopeful of more aid from China

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses with Bill Gates on the steps of the Lodge in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The world’s richest man Bill Gates on Tuesday urged China to become a bigger player in foreign development following its success in lifting millions of its own people out of poverty.

28 May 2013 - 2:28pm

Bill Gates criticised after handshake with South Korean president

South Korean newspapers show the offending handshake. Photo: AFP

Microsoft founder Bill Gates' casual style was criticised by the South Korean media yesterday after he shook hands with President Park Geun-Hye with his other hand in his pocket. The picture of the meeting between Gates and Park on Monday was splashed on the front page of every national daily, some of which cropped out the offending pocketed hand while most chose to highlight it.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:49am 2 comments

India’s billionaire club slow to share riches

Indian pedestrians walk past a beggar sitting on the steps leading to a railway station in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

They may build skyscraper mansions, travel by private jet and throw sumptuous wedding parties, but it seems India’s super-rich are much slower at opening their wallets for charity.

India now has 55 dollar billionaires, the fifth-biggest number in the world, according to a Forbes ranking this month.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:01pm

Gates teams up with China to build nuclear reactor

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (pictured) is holding talks with the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to jointly develop a new type of nuclear reactor.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Outlet for grudges untold

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft by Paul Allen Penguin

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Greed's helpmate

So, you think my landlord hitting me with a 26 per cent rent rise after just one year is greed gone mad? Think again. A reader contacted me to say that what I wrote two weeks ago was nothing - he had been hit with a 40 per cent increase. I asked if his salary had gone up by that much. He laughed, but it was obviously not a joyous one.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Generous to a fault

It used to be that a HK$90 million donation to a local university would automatically make a splash. But when tycoon Cheng Yu-tung extended such largesse last month to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, it caused barely a ripple. Little wonder. Cheng's peers have been outdoing each other with their generosity. So, by recent standards, his contribution might be considered miserly.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Value for money

Whether it's justified or not, the 'hatred of the rich' sentiment seems to be back in fashion in Hong Kong. In the 1970s, despite various economic setbacks and widespread grass-roots struggles, the 'Hong Kong spirit' of perseverance and infinite vitality reflected a collective struggle and sense of mutual significance. There was no class conflict.

31 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Better for Gates not to have taken the money than giving it back as charity

And finally a suspicion lingers, slowly fading but still there, that the foundation's activities are some sort of penance for [Bill] Gates' world-dominating behaviour at Microsoft

Post Magazine, July 25

29 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Malcolm Gladwell

IT ALL ADDS UP I owe my success, in part, to a Chinese man. He loaned my Jamaican grandmother the money to send my mother to university in England, which is one of those lucky breaks that you'll find in the stories of all the successful people I write about in Outliers. It's the first time I've ever written anything that personal in a book.

2 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Windows dressing

Microsoft, the world's largest software company, has put Bill Gates back to work in its global campaign to reconnect with consumers. The firm's recently retired co-founder joins comedian Jerry Seinfeld in a series of quirky television commercials that do not mention Windows.

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

press play

After spending 30 years building one of the world's biggest technology companies, how will Bill Gates spend his last day at Microsoft before retiring in July? 'I'm not sure what that last day is going to be like, so I asked some friends to help me prepare,' says Gates, who unveiled a riotous spoof video at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Care for your community, John Tsang tells students

The financial secretary has called on university students to develop a commitment to the community and said the underprivileged should be helped to become self-reliant rather than relying on cash handouts.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am