Yea, Bill Gates was an entrepreneur, but in the beginning he was almost a conman, when he bluffed IBM into believing that he had an operating system. Only afterwards did he go and buy a program which he called DOS.
I don't mind paying for something what it's worth. In those days he charged $500 for DOS 1.1 - ridiculous. I think Windows is still overcharged. Especially in the poorer countries, it's a hefty price to pay.
Blarney: "I have to say that personally I despised his company's business practices."
Almost! Why don't you just say it outright: he WAS/IS a conman. Just ask Paul Allen, his former business partner. Better yet, read Allen's book Idea Man
just recently published. He goes into detail about BG and his questionable business practices.
BG and Microsoft have been in cahoots from the get-go with the government who wanted a back door into his OS (which he gladly gave them) in order to be able to infiltrate any computer. In return, the gov't bought his OS for their computers, helping to rank it as a mass media product.