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Monday, September 12th, 2005, 2:34 pm

Roots of Authority

Big Plane

I sometimes get curious as to the background of some authoritative figures. Here are some interesting facts, which should not be treated as gossip, but strictly as objective facts. Bill Gates at his early days is described in an outdated mini biography, a snippet of which lies below:

His (Bill’s) great-grandfather had been a state legislator and mayor, his grandfather was the vice president of a national bank, and his father was a prominent lawyer.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, who now share a large Boeing 767 passenger plane, appear to have come from so-called “academic families”. Page’s father, Carl Victor, is a computer science professor at Michigan State University, where Larry also began his studies. Brin likewise, but it is the University of Maryland where his father Michael works on mathematics. His mother appears to have worked (possibly still does) in NASA.

The facts above make one wonder if a family of overachievers is a pre-requisite for success. I hope this is merely a coincidence that which not broadly reflect on reality. I can honestly confess that my parents were never educated at a high level. In fact, computers are known to them only at a fundamental level, e.g. Web surfing and Microsoft Word.

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