In an interview with Bill Weir, Microsoft founder and Chariman Bill Gates on January 24, reflected on the passing of Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
Weeks before the Apple founder died, Gates paid an unannounced visit to the home of his sometime friend and longtime rival:
“He and I always enjoyed talking. He would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things. We’d talk about the other companies that have come along. We talked about our families and how lucky we’d both been in terms of the women we married. It was great relaxed conversation.”
How did Jobs’ death affect him?
“Well, it’s very strange to have somebody who’s so vibrant and made such a huge difference and been … kind of a constant presence, to have him die,” Gates said. “It makes you feel like, ‘Wow, we’re getting old.’ I hope I still have quite a bit of time for the focus I have now, which is the philanthropic work. And there’s drugs we’re investing in now that won’t be out for 15 years — malaria eradication, I need a couple of decades here to fulfill that opportunity. But, you know, it reminds you that you gotta pick important stuff, because you only have a limited time.”
Here is the video segment, where Gates talks about Jobs:
Here is the full interview of Gates with Weir: