Bill Gates’ CV from 1974 lists a staggering amount of personal detail

Bill Gates with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 1981 (Credit: Shutterstock)

How many personal details do you list on your CV?

If you’re Bill Gates and you’re just starting out on your technological career then the answer is: a lot.

Of course, the world knows Bill as the multi-billionaire co-founder of Microsoft and the target for some of the internet’s more zany conspiracy theories.

But during the early 70s he was still an aspiring entrepreneur at Harvard University.

He was also five foot 10 and weighed an extremely light 130lbs (59kgs).

We know this because he chose to add it to his resumé. He also listed his current salary of $12,000 which, if we adjust for inflation from 1974 to today, is about $71,000 (£59,000).

Not bad for a student.

Bill Gates’ original resume from 1974. (Credits: LinkedIn/Bill Gates)

He lists his desired salary as ‘open’ and also suggests he has no restrictions on job location.

Gates also states he’s working with Paul Allen, who he would go on to found Microsoft with in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1975.

Bill Gates looking pretty casual in 1986 (Credit: Ed Kashi/Liaison)

The company would subsequently be moved to its current HQ, and Gates’ hometown of Seattle.

‘A $12,000 salary 48 years ago would have been amazing for a recent graduate — you always did well, Bill Gates,’ wrote one impressed LinkedIn commenter.

Gates also added his home address, where he lived with his parents when not attending Harvard. Bless.

Gates has come a long way since 1974 (Credit: Getty)

Eventually, Gates dropped out of Harvard without graduating to set up Microsoft.

And in doing so, he pretty much made typewriters like the one he used to craft his resumé extinct.

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