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In this July 28, 2011 file photo, Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks during a forum on education at the National Urban League annual conference in Boston. As CEOs, Sam Walton, Gates and Steve Jobs possessed common traits. Their companies also faced similar challenges when their iconic leaders left the helm.

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Before Jobs, Sam Walton and Bill Gates took exits

As CEOs, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs possessed common traits. They were tireless workers, demanding bosses and sticklers for detail. They were visionaries, too, who reshaped their respective industries. Their companies faced similar challenges when their iconic leaders left the helm.

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