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This Day in History (2002): Gates gathers top CEOs

Aramco president and CEO Abdalla S. Jum'ah joins economic forum in Seattle.

This Day in History (2002): Gates gathers top CEOs

From the June 19, 2002, edition of The Arabian Sun

President and CEO Abdallah S Jum'ah was one of 120 leaders of the world's most prominent companies invited by Bill Gates of Microsoft Corp. to attend a global forum on the new economy.


Gates initiated the gathering, the fifth of its kind, as a forum to discuss the latest in the information technology and software industries and their impact on global economic trends.


The two-day meeting was in Seattle, Washington, the headquarters of Microsoft Corp.


Caption for top photo: Abdallah S. Jum'ah talks to two of the world's top technology industry leaders. At left is Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Corp.


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