Bill Gates Goes Back to School

Harvard's most famous dropout returns for his diploma, 30 years late. His final exam: Can he save the world?

Left; AP; Darren McCollester / Getty

Left; Bill Gates in 1984 and; Bill Gates during commencement ceremonies at Harvard University June 7, 2007.

There's a great photo of Bill Gates from 1977, the year he would have graduated from Harvard if he hadn't dropped out. He was 22 at the time and looks all of 16. He's got a flowered collar, tinted glasses and feathered blond hair, and he looks so happy, you'd swear he knew what the rest of his life was going to be like. He also has a sign around his neck: it's a mug shot. "I was out driving Paul [Allen]'s car," Gates says, flashing that same smile 30 years later. "They pulled me over, and I didn't...

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