Last week Bill Gates decided it was time for career change.
Having stockpiled an impressive amount of cash, Bill has tired of making money and now wants to focus on giving it away.
He's handed in his resignation, but has to work a two-year notice period before finally clearing his desk and leaving Microsoft's Seattle campus.
Bill wants to work full time for the charitable organisation he set up with his wife, The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which has a staggering $28 billion dollars
to dispense. Like any man wanting to shift some cash, you'd have thought his wife was the best man for the job, but it seems she now needs some help.
But what will happen to Microsoft without Bill?
Analysts reckon it will be business as usual, but are concerned that this isn't the best time for Microsoft to lose its top geek.
The company has suffered from stagnant shares, poor sales growth and greater competition over the last few years, not least because of the delays that have pushed the next release of Windows, 'Vista', back to 2007.
Of course Bill hasn't really been in charge for a couple of years.
He handed the mantle of CEO to co-founder Steve Bulmer in 2004.
Bill will remain as chairman of Microsoft which means he gets to sign the board meeting minutes and that's about it.
Bill is to be replaced by Ray Ozzie and Microsoft's chief Software Architect Craig Mundie, meanwhile, will assume the title of chief research and strategy officer.
There are those who still see conspiracy where Mr Gates is involved. Microsoft's biggest hope for expansion is the emerging markets, China particularly.
These are the places that Gates' foundation is focusing on to use technology to alleviate poverty.
What influence charitable donations will make in countries where governments are making their first technology choices and which US companies' commercial activities it will bless, is debatable.
But there really isn't a conspiracy. Bill is not trying to work these countries from the inside by detaching himself from commercial control of Microsoft.
It's as simple as this: you've reached 50, you're married, you've got a couple of kids, you've got your Seattle mansion, your Scottish castle, your gold-plated private jet, a yacht the size of Tahiti and you've bought your mother a bungalow.
What else is there to do? But how will Bill be remembered? Currently he is going down as an iconic symbol of capitalism.
If he is as good at giving money away as he was at making it, perhaps he will ultimately be remembered as the world greatest philanthropist.
An epitaph I think we would all probably prefer.
* Chris is managing director of internet consultancy WAA WebXpress.
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