“Bill Gates is an Engineer”June 20th, 2011 by Simon Haddock
Lord Sugar, one of Britain’s highest profile businessmen has been blasted for his comment about Engineers failing to a make a mark in the business world.
The outspoken peer has sparked a wave of protests after he fired Apprentice contestant Glenn Ward saying ‘I have never yet come across an engineer who can turn his hands to business. His remark has triggered a backlash from the entrepreneurial community working within a sector which is struggling with its image.
Billionnaire vacuum magnate Sir James Dyson has come to the aid of the nations engineers saying the comments reflected a bias against engineering. He said: ‘I think it is a great pity because it is engineers that made Britain great.” but Lord Sugar has defended his comments ‘I was drawing on my experience, having dealt with thousands of engineers over the years. That said, I accept the odd example that has been outlined, although James Dyson has told me many times he is an inventor not an engineer.
It seems he has forgotten that many of the worlds wealthiest people started life as technicians and engineers. None more famous that Software Engineer and Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest businessmen. But it is just not him, you can’t forget Apple Founder Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and Facebooks Creator Mark Zuckerberg.
What are your thoughts about Lord Sugars comments? Is he right in suggesting UK Engineers can’t cut it in the world of business? We would love to hear from you.