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John Thompson tells us about his insanely fabulous life and his $100 million startup

John Thompson is nothing short of a Silicon Valley icon. These days, he’s best known for his role as chairman of Microsoft which he took on a year ago, when Satya Nadella became CEO.

He’ll also forever be known as the former CEO of Symantec, leading that company for a decade from about $600 million in revenue to about $6 billion when he retired in 2009, and becoming one of the most highly paid CEOs along the way. (In 2006, Thompson’s total compensation was $71.84 million.) And that was after a storied 28-year career with IBM, rising to general manager of IBM Americas.

But at age 65, Thompson actually still has a day job as the CEO of a startup called Virtual Instruments.

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