Strange paradox: Sun has invented lots of great stuff including Java, J2EE and Solaris… but it makes a loss. Microsoft, so to say, never invented anything new. All its best-sellers were copies of other successful pioneers (Excel from Lotus 123, IE from Netscape, Windows itself from the Mac and to top it all, DOS was purchased from an outsider). Still it is the most profitable IT company.
Sun’s CEO Scott McNealy had to resign… Bill Gates is the richest man in the world.
Seems to prove that inventors aren’t always the most successful people.