In the early days of Microsoft, a workaholic Bill Gates had an unusual way of tracking how long his employees worked.
In an interview with the BBC’s Kirsty Young on Radio 4, Gates revealed some details about his youth and his college days with Paul Allen, who would later become Microsoft’s co-founder, including the time he memorized all of his employees license plates:
“I worked weekends, I didn’t really believe in vacations.
“I had to be a little careful not to try and apply my standards to how hard [others at the company] worked. I knew everybody’s licence plate so I could look out the parking lot and see, you know, when people come in. Eventually I had to loosen up as the company got to a reasonable size.”
Gates is currently the richest man in the world with a net worth of $87.4 billion.