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how much this so called software legends made..

per year?

Just estimate..

niklas lafalos
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

More than I do-

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Who cares?

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Doesn't matter how much anyone else makes.

If you want to make more, JFDI. No point comparing yourself to anyone else.

Steve Jones (UK)
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

What software legend? What are you talking about?

John Topley (
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Marc Albertini
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Black crude. Texas tea.

Swimming pools, movie stars.

Jed Clampett
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Chris Sells works for Microsoft, and they're not known for record setting salaries. Prior to Microsoft, he worked at Developmentor. I don't know for sure -- only his accountant does -- but I would estimate that he wasn't making a ton more than your typical high end consultant.

Brad Wilson (
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Richter is one of the best technical writers I've ever read.  Clear, concise, to the point, no fluff, pure chocolatey goodness.  Too bad he is dedicated to the forces of evil.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Recently had a chat with a microsoft "software evangelist" (salesman) about .net.

I asked "What is the microsoft approach to managing developers"  and he said :

"basically to get the brightest young people they can and burn them out, i mean XXX and YYY those sort of guys are what 25, 26 absolutely brilliant but already totally burned out, millionaires, but burnt out"

He used the real names of some microsoft .net developers.

Not sure if it's true that star m$ developers can be millionaires by that age, wouldn't suprise me in the least.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

typical high end consultant = 15000 - 20000 per month?

Prakash S
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

My understanding of working for Microsoft is that they load you down with so many stock options that you can't afford to leave. However, when you do cash them in, they're worth over a million dollars.

In fact, it might be an urban myth, but I read that the amount of outstanding MSFT stock options held by MS employees amounted to more than $1,000,000 per employee. And you can bet that some were holding a lot more than others.

Steve Jones (UK)
Thursday, December 11, 2003

--"more than $1,000,000 per employee. And you can bet that some were holding a lot more than others. "---

Like Balmer and Gates for example?

Stephen Jones
Thursday, December 11, 2003

I don't have references, but I had read in the WSJ recently that MS was moving away from dumping options on people.

Used to be that the options game was your guaranteed ticket at MS, but apparently concerns over stock dilution and other issues have caused them put their options practice more in line with what other companies do.

Mark Hoffman
Thursday, December 11, 2003

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