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Paul Allen uses memoir to portray Bill Gates as a bully who sought to deprive him of his share in Microsoft fortune.

This article titled “Microsoft co-founder lays bare his battles with Bill Gates” was written by Dominic Rushe, for The Guardian on Wednesday 30th March 2011 16.33 UTC

Bill Gates betrayed his ailing business partner and tried to deprive him of his share of the Microsoft fortune, according to a scathing memoir from Paul Allen, the company’s billionaire co-founder.

Allen portrays the Microsoft mogul as a sarcastic bully who tried to force his founding partner out of the firm and to cut his share in the company as he was recovering from cancer. The book, Idea Man: a Memoir by the co-founder of Microsoft, is set to go on sale on 17 April, and an extract appears in May’s Vanity Fair magazine and has been released online.

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