Back in the 1990s, one of the corporate world's most bitter rivalries took a key turn when Microsoft founder Bill Gates stepped in with a US$150 million cheque to save rival Apple, the iconic Silicon Valley firm founded by the iconoclastic Steve Jobs, from imminent bankruptcy.
"Bill, thank you. The world's a better place," Mr Jobs had said to the man who had vanquished him.
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