Bill Gates recounts emotionally on final meeting with Steve Jobs

By , May 13, 2013

Bill Gates on final meeting with Steve Jobs (CBS 60 Minutes 001)

Microsoft co-founder and chairman previously reflected on his meeting with Steve Jobs shortly before his death on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56. According to Walter Isaacson’s official bio book on Jobs, the two talked about their 30-year relationship and rivalry, including the early days of the Macintosh.

Last night, Gates sat down with 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose to once again recount his final meeting with Jobs. In an emotional outpouring, teary-eyed Gates reflected on the wide range of topics they discussed, including admitting their failure to re-innovate educational through technology. Your video is right after the break…

Here’s the clip, with Gates nearly tearing up when talking about Jobs.

Noting himself and Jobs practically grew up together, Gates noted that “we were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies.”

And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things – we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always retained a certain respect and communication, including even when he was sick.

“He showed me the boat he was working on,” said Gates, “and talked about how he’s looking forward to being on it, even though we both knew there was a good chance that wouldn’t happen.”

On one occasion, Jobs due to this rapidly progressing illness had to cancel a dinner with Gates at the last minute. “If he wants to know why,” Jobs allegedly told Gates’ secretary, “just tell him I’m an asshole.”

Gates also acknowledges that Apple’s co-founder wouldn’t lose spirit despite being in the terminal phase of his illness. He said Jobs “knew about brand” and had an “intuitive sense for marketing, which was amazing.”

On Jobs’s design taste:

His sense of design, that everything had to fit a certain aesthetic. The fact that he, with as little engineering background as he had, it shows that design can lead you in a good direction. And so phenomenal products came out of it.

The Microsoft co-founder thinks Jobs’s accomplishments are amazing given as “little engineering background as he had.”

Jobs once said his goal in life wasn’t to be the richest guy in the cemetery.

He would later repeat the sentiment in describing Gates at the D5 conference, telling Walt Mossberg that the world was a richer place because “Bill realized his goal was not to be the richest guy in the cemetery.”

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  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    Promotion hahaha

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      Umm. For what? He doesn’t even work with Microsoft directly. Maybe promotion for his Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation.

      • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

        No its the 5 dollar app

  • Sahil

    Is it only me or the section where the video was supposed to be embedded is blank??

    • Ian

      Seems to be just you. Try a different browser.

      • Sahil

        Nope it doesn’t work on the phone. Tried 3 different browsers and even other links.. Engadget wrote that the video might not work on phones. Seems strange though.

      • http://twitter.com/EddieLeonard エディレオナルド

        It works fine for me…

      • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It’s not loading on my iPad…

      • http://twitter.com/sexyhamthing @sexyhamthing

        Flash…… pretty obvious why it isnt working, says alot about apple people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/erik.barrera.71 Erik Barrera

        Doesnt work for me either

      • Ian

        The only thing I can think of is that it is Flash, and as we know, iOS devices don’t have flash. I tested
        It
        With my iPod5 and I don’t see it either.

      • Ian

        In that case the answer is that the video is flash based, and as we know, iOS devices don’t support flash.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

      Glad that I read this cause I am experiencing the same and I was already paranoid my new router might have been the culprit. Thanks for the heads up everyone.

    • G Mohal

      working fine on my note 2 ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/cruzer323 John Bussell

      It won’t work on iPhone or iPad because the player is Flash.

    • Luke Jennings

      What device? What iOS? On iPad iOS 7 it appears blank (ipad 2)

  • Gorgonphone

    Apple needs a another Steve quick… they can survive on image and hype for ever…

    • http://www.facebook.com/pez.granite Pez Tickles

      yes, they can

  • Bob

    I wish Steve Jobs was still alive, but I’m not sad that he’s gone, he’s left his mark in the world. He will remembered for many many years & his legacy will live on.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    Steve I love you, we miss you all so much.