Thanks Johnny, yours is the first comment I’ve seen that takes the same view of the article to my own. The billionaires cited as examples of successful human beings are all noted for being not complex but rather simple in their single minded pursuit of wealth and power.
Jobs is a classic example of the salesman whose great skill was selling himself. I throw a little hissy fit every time I read someone praising him as a great innovator and a technical wizard. Wozniak developed the Apple 2, Apple stole the WIMP GUI from Xerox (anyone who doubts me can follow my link or run a search on Xerox Star or Xerox 6085, ) The stole the touch screen from Hewlett Pakard whose first touch screen PC was around in 1986, MP3 players, tablet computers and smartphones were around before Apple launched their only true innovation, the marketing technique of syllogistic rebranding (iMac, iPod, iPad, iPhone etc.)
Likewise Microsoft have subcontracted out development work on their ‘innovative software,’ Gates might have cobbled together a bit of BASIC script but he’s no programmer. And there seems to be some debate about exactly how philanthropic the work of the Gates foundation is.
Bezos, as we now know wants to create a retail monopoly and Musk, as is being progressively revealed in news stories, is something of a fantasist.
And I also did not see what the authors height has to do with anything.
In conclusion the only quality my 30 years working in IT led me to believe is shared by Silicon Valley billionaires is their inability to understand what it means to be human.
(And if anyone is thinking my cynicism is motivated by envy, I retired at fifty, having had enough of the corporate bullshit and having made enough money invested to live very comfortably. It was my choice, influenced by a health scare.)