He is 29, he is 58. He is rich, he is richer. He is youth icon, he is a business magnate. He attracts businesses, he too attracts businesses. Ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about the two Harvard University dropout billionaires – the young, dynamic Mark Zuckerberg and the powerful, wise Bill Gates. Both these names have brought revolutions in the tech world, and they stand as strong inspirations for everyone.
Their success stories aren’t very different from each other. Both of them dropped out of universities to complete their projects, and both of them were successful in building their own brands. But, success doesn’t come easy. Both, Mark and Bill had to face legal disputes and remove the stumbling blocks to reach the zenith. This brings another similarity in their success stories. Surprisingly, in spite of so many similarities, both these successful people differ a lot from each other.
And where do they differ?
Whenever we talk about success stories, there are two noticeable things to talk about – the brand and the personality running the brand. Often, people choose the brand as the distinguishing factor, when ideally, it should be the personality because a brand is ultimately built by the efforts of a person. And this is where the protagonists of this article differ, in their personality.
So many similarities between them shall certainly make it hard for you to pick out the differences. Both followed their dreams, both went to Harvard university, both of them worked hard and both became successful, so which personality traits actually mark the differences. Let’ see.
A Planned Billionaire and An Accidental Billionaire
When Bill Gates decided to drop out of university, he had a vision and a plan in his mind. He wanted to start his own business and he knew what he needed to do. Along with Paul Allen, he took the right opportunity and worked on it. He proceeded on his way with a strategy. Thus, Gates was definitely a planned billionaire.
As with Mark Zuckerberg, it is very much clear that he is an accidental billionaire. Facebook was born in the Harvard dorm rooms and its sole purpose was to connect the students of the university. Luckily, Facebook became extremely famous among the students, and from there onwards, it kept on growing as it kept on transcending the boundaries. After it gained popularity, Zuckerberg has worked hard to keep up the reputation of his site. But, the story of Facebook success and Zuckerberg’s fame clearly indicates that it wasn’t a planned one and thus, makes him an accidental billionaire.
Philanthropist by Nature and An Acquired Philanthropist
Whenever we talk about philanthropy regarding the industry, there are two names that immediately strike our mind. First is Warren Buffet, and second is Bill Gates. Both these business magnates have shown the world how you can care for the world while taking care of your business.
Together, they started the campaign ‘The Giving Pledge’ to encourage wealthiest people to use their wealth for philanthropic causes. One should also not forget that Gates is the founder and one of the trustees of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. All these actions clear one thing – Bill Gates is a philanthropist by nature.
On the other hand, Mark Zuckerberg entered the arena of philanthropy very late. Though, he did sign in to the Giving Pledge in the end of 2010, and he donated an undisclosed amount of money to Diaspora, he certainly has to do and give a lot before he can be observed as a philanthropist by nature. Zuckerberg also donated $100 million to Newark Public Schools, but critics observed that his timing of donation was close to the release of The Social Network, and this painted a negative picture of Zuckerberg. To him, donation seems to be a ‘cool idea’ as was quoted by him after his donation to Diaspora. Perhaps, Zuckerberg is an acquired philanthropist and not a natural one.
A Established Business Magnate and a Freshman Entrepreneur
Mark Zuckerberg is counted among the youngest billionaires. There is absolutely no doubt in it that he is doing an astounding task. But, as compared to Gates, Zuckerberg is nothing more than a freshman in the industry. Both are billionaires, but while Gates holds a firm position among the top 10 billionaires in the world, Zuckerberg has a long way to go in that list. Gates is an old player of the Industry and a well-established business magnate, while Zuckerberg is a fresh entrepreneur who has to work a lot before he can make into the top 10 list.
Facebook and Microsoft are two big names in the tech world driven by two robust personalities. But, when you compare two successful people, it’s always personality where they differ because two people can drive two different brands that deliver same products, but they cannot deliver the same qualities and virtues, and this is where Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg differ.