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Black History fact: Microsoft chairman replaced Bill Gates is African American

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According to Black America Web, African American tech executive John W. Thompson was appointed the new chairman of Microsoft Corporation early this month. He replaces chairman and co-founder Bill Gates.

Thompson, 64, initially joined Microsoft in 2013 as director of the board. He is the first and only African American leader of a major technology company and will continue the legacy with Microsoft. He hopes to bring the company into better competition with Apple and Google as he now works with a new CEO, Satya Nadella.

After graduating from Florida A&M University, the Fort Dix, New Jersey started his career in technology with IBM as a sales representative and worked there for 27 years and became vice president. He left and became CEO of Symantec. He helped the company grow from $600 million in sales to $6 billion in just ten years.

He owns 20 percent share of the Golden State Warriors NBA team. He is estimated to be worth over $72 million.

Thompson was considered for a potential candidate for the post of commerce secretary during President Obama's first term; however, it was awarded to someone else. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed Thompson to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2009.


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