It’s one of the most iconic photos in American business.
A ragtag group assembled for a family portrait in Albuquerque.
If you see it on Facebook or LinkedIn, there’s usually a question above the photo: “Would you have invested?”
It’s a trick question. You’re supposed to answer no — because, well, look at those people — but then you learn it’s a company portrait of Microsoft from 1978.
Early employee Bob Greenberg, pictured in the middle, won a free portrait after calling in to a radio show and guessing the name of an assassinated president. The gang reluctantly gathered together in some of their finest attire, and an American business legend was made.
We all know what happened with the two guys in the bottom left and bottom right corners — Bill Gates and Paul Allen, who both became billionaire philanthropists and tycoons. But what about the rest, many of whom became millionaires in their own right?
In the wake of Paul Allen’s untimely death at age 65 in October 2018, we thought it would be a good time to take another look back.
This is an update of a post originally written by Jay Yarow in 2011.
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