Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak

1998 Computer Entrepreneur Joint Award

"For their entrepreneurial leadership in the creation of the personal computing industry and the profound changes it has fostered in both business and personal life"

Paul AllenPaul G. Allen

Paul G. Allen has been a director of Microsoft since 1990 and served on its Board from 1981 to 1984.  He was a founder of the company and worked at Microsoft from 1975 to 1984.  Mr. Allen owns and invests in a suite of companies exploring the potential of multimedia digital communications.  His wholley-owned companies include Asymetrix Corporation.  Interval Research Corp., Vulcan Ventures Inc.  He is also the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team and te Seatle Seahawks football team, a partner in the entertainment studio DreamWorks SKG, and holds investments in more than 35 technology companies.  Mr. Allen is also a director of both HSN Inc. and Ticketmaster Corp.  (Edited excerpt from: Microsoft Proxy Statement, 1997)

Bill Gates


William H. Gates III

William H. Gates was a founder of Microsoft and has been its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since the Company's predecessor partnership was incorporated in 1981.  From 1975 to 1981, Mr. Gates was a partner with Paul Allen, Microsoft's other founder, in the predecessor partnership.  Mr. Gates is also a director of ICOS Corporation.  (Edited excerpt from: Microsoft Proxy Statement, 1997).


Steve JobsSteven P. Jobs

Steven P. Jobs co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak and served as Chairman of the Board from 1975 to 1985.  He was President of NeXT Inc. from 1985 until his recent return to  Apple.  Prior to Apple's founding, he was with Hewlett-Packard and designed video games for Atari in 1974.  (Assembled from Who's Who in America, 1997).


Steve WozniakSteven G. Wozniak

Steven G. Wozniak created the Apple I computer and founded the Apple Computer company with Steve Jobs.  He was presented the National Medal of Technology in 1995 by President Reagan.  Wozniak left Apple in 1985, devoting himself to other ventures, family matters, and teaching.  (Assembled from sources, including Kendall 1994).