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Bill Gates and Paul Allen: Friendship on the mend?

Bill Gates and Paul Allen: Friendship on the mend?The publication of Paul Allen’s ebook final 12 months reportedly caused a “rift” with his Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, over Allen’s unvarnished and at times very unflattering portrayal of Gates.

But it surely seems to be they could have patched issues up, in the spirit of the Olympics. At the very least, they’re hanging out once more.

A report this week in the British tabloid the Sun (take into account that is an perception into our off-hours studying habits) offers particulars on a celebration that Allen is throwing on certainly one of his yachts, which is being moored in East London for the Olympics. These on the invite listing embody Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates.

When I spoke with Allen last year, shortly after the ebook got here out, he acknowledged that he and Gates hadn’t talked about the ebook at that time, however stated he didn’t assume it had jeopardized their friendship.

“I’m positive there are issues in the ebook that Bill desires to debate, and he’ll have a distinct slant about them,” he stated. “Bill and I’ve had many intense discussions over the years. We haven’t had an opportunity to speak about the ebook because it was revealed. I gave him a duplicate months forward of publication. So he had a head begin on it. That dialogue will probably be very, very intense, and he’ll be very direct, as will I.”

In the case of the occasion on the yacht, hopefully Gates learns a lesson from Antonio Banderas and avoids the Bollywood stars when Allen’s band begins enjoying.

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