one of the best programmers

I just read Teach Your­self Pro­gram­ming in Ten Years by Peter Norvig, the direc­tor of research at Google. The para­graph quoted below was pretty gross:

One of the best pro­gram­mers I ever hired had only a High School degree; he’s pro­duced a lot of great soft­ware, has his own news group, and made enough in stock options to buy his own nightclub.