Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools
March 10, 1999

More Jobs or Higher Gates?

So, who would you invest in? Who's more Foolish? Is it on and off and now on again billionaire Steven Jobs, who co-founded Apple Computer (Nasdaq: AAPL) and has now brought the company back into the black (or any new iMac color of your liking)? Or is it Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) mastermind Bill Gates, the country's wealthiest man (who still does Windows)?

This week, we tweak the Celebrity Deathmatch formula to bring you the first ever investment world personality-based Duel. Bill Barker (TMF Max) is a fan of Jobs. Yi-Hsin Chang (TMF Puck) favors Gates. The clay has been molded, who will win?

After you vote for the winner, don't miss this week's Duel Flashback, where we look back to see which Fool made the better call on AT&T (NYSE: T).

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates. An argument that has occurred countless times in between throws of the twelve-sided dice in late-night Dungeons & Dragons sessions now comes to Fooldom. "How do you settle this celebrity deathmatch?" you ask. Well, as The Onion (my primary research tool for this Duel) reported recently, having granted himself enough Dexterity and Charisma points to qualify as a demigod, Bill Gates defeats all foes if I allow this Duel to follow standard D&D scorekeeping.
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The Bear...
If I could invest in a person, a single individual anywhere in the world, I would put my money on Bill Gates. Not only did the Seattle native start one of the most successful companies in the world, Microsoft -- the largest in terms of market capitalization -- he also worked his way from an upper-middle-class upbringing to becoming a self-made billionaire by the age of 31 and in recent years the richest man in the world.
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Results for last week's Foreign Investment Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind

7%

TMF Edible's Bull argument

40%

TMF Selena's Bear argument

35%

They were both excellent

8%

They were both lame

9%