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Bill Gates, Paul Allen Recreate Famous Microsoft Photo After 32 Years

by Adriana Lee | April 4, 2013April 4, 2013 10:00 pm PST


Cool things happen when legends get together. Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates met up last night at a party that the former was holding at his Living Computer Museum in Seattle. And wouldn’t you know, there just happened to be this room full of ’80s-era computers…

No, I’m not talking about the classic image of the young bucks (above). This was taken in 1981, a year after these young 20-something entrepreneurs partnered with IBM, which they would eventually blow out of the water. I’m referring to the recreation (below) that features the more mature (and stinking rich) philanthropists these tech luminaries would become later.

In reality, the men didn’t just happen to stumble across a room full of tech antiques. The photo shoot was arranged, and pretty accurately. The museum hunted down these vintage computers and mainframes — which are actual working terminals — and positioned them to almost perfectly match the previous picture’s setting.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen 2013

Obviously a lot has happened in the 32 years since the first image was shot. Microsoft grew to dominate the world of personal computers, and a book written by Allen (Idea Man) would drive a wedge between the two men, thanks to its no-nonsense depiction of Gates. So it’s good to see them buddying up for the camera once again.

A few years ago, Newsweek worked with the company to recreate another iconic image, this time of the entire founding Microsoft crew in Albuquerque, 1978. The year was 2008, and image marked the occasion of Gates retiring from his everyday duties. That one, however, looked a little more like a class photo than a league of legends. Wouldn’t you agree?




Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...