Check out Bill Gates’ first retro CV full of personal information when he was a student in 1974

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5 Jul 2022, 16:03

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We dread to think what drivel is on our first CV, but Bill Gates has shared his resume from the 1970s when the multi-billionaire co-founder of Microsoft was once an aspiring entrepreneur at Harvard University.

He wrote on LinkedIn: "Whether you're a recent grad or a college dropout, I'm sure your resume looks a lot better than mine did 48 years ago." 

As a student, he weighed in at a slender 130lbs (59kgs), was 5ft 10, had a salary of $12,000 (£10k) and his desired salary was ‘open’. Or should we say, limitless.

The Harvard student also listed his parents address in Seattle as his main abode in Laurelhurst which last year sold for $2.6 million (£2.1m).

The CV states he had 'no restrictions' on future job locations and back then he was already working with Paul Allen, his fellow co-founder of Microsoft in 1975.

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

A second added: "Thank you for sharing Bill Gates. Great resume on one page. We should all keep copies of our old resumes for reference in the future. We occasionally lose sight of everything that we have done."

One user commented: “That is a remarkably outstanding CV for a person who was undervalued 48 years ago. The CV is well-structured. It wasn’t Word, therefore I wonder what printer and software were used, most likely a typewriter.”