In an extremely candid interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes this week, Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates got teary-eyed as he spoke about his one-time rival, Apple founder Steve Jobs. The two tech icons, whose birthdays are only six months apart, "grew up together," said Gates, having accomplished "every fantasy we had about creating products" during their respective tenures.
In this 60 Minutes Overtime clip, editor Ann Silvio talks with Charlie Rose about Bill Gates' emotional recollection of his last visit with Steve Jobs.
In the revealing interview, Bill spoke very openly about what he admired most about Steve. "I wish I had his sense of design . . . design can lead you in a good direction and phenomenal [Apple] products came out of it," Bill confessed.
But the most touching moment of the 60 Minutes feature actually came from Steve. At a 2007 All Things D panel with both tech executives, Steve explained his relationship with the Microsoft chairman this way: "I think of most things in life as a Bob Dylan or Beatles song and there's one line in a Beatle song that sticks out . . . 'You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead' — and that's clearly true here."
Although their companies competed against each other for technology, talent, and market share, there's no denying that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs highly respected each other and had an extremely unique camaraderie. Very few men knew the Apple founder so well, and it's evident that Steve's presence in the industry is missed, a sentiment current Apple CEO Tim Cook echoed earlier this year.
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Reddit's Ask Me Anything is famous for letting Internet users ask brave souls any question they want. Some of our favorites geeks took the hot seat, and shared little known facts and gems during their Reddit sessions.
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Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates tops the Forbes list of richest people in America year after year, but it's his current venture as cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that he would rather discuss. Which is why the billionaire turned to Reddit this week to participate in an Ask Me Anything Q & A. Reddit users submitted questions on everything from the theatrical portrayal of his early career in the film Pirates of Silicon Valley to his relationship with Steve Jobs to how much cash is in his wallet. Take a look and discover tidbits from the Reddit session and other previous interviews that you may not have known about Bill Gates.
The 2012 Olympics have seen plenty of famous faces in the crowds and competing so far. Even the most recognizable athletes and spectators have to wear credentials, and we're taking an up close look at a few of them. Kate Middleton's badge states her official title, while Michael Phelps's bears his status and Bill Gates's ID marks him as an honored guest.
Click through to see Olympic credentials and the well-known names flashing ID.
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We already know a bit about the life and times of Bill Gates, but during a recent interview with the UK's Daily Mail, we get an even closer look at the billionaire Microsoft mogul. Bill Gates still resides at the top of Forbes's richest list but here are a few facts you may not have known:
- He's an honorary knight — The Queen of England gave Bill Gates an honorary knighthood back in 2005.
- He knows pop music — Bill's kids tease him by singing the Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars tune "Billionaire," and he knows "some Lady Gaga songs," (but only the ones without swear words).
- He's a workaholic — Bill says he didn't take a single day off when he was in his 20s, but now he plays tennis and bridge.
- He's got famous friends — Bill Gates is close friends with Oprah (who he's recruiting to donate a lion's share of her wealth to his 'Giving Pledge’ program), and hosted Bono and his wife at his home overnight after a recent U2 concert in Seattle.
See the rest of the list (including the first things he'd save in a fire) after the break.
The web has been buzzing about the recently released The World's Billionaires list by Forbes, and this made me think about if the data really matters to us since our lives are so far removed from people who have a net worth of more than 10 figures. Further, the list isn't totally accurate — there are apparently a lot of billionaires that didn't even make it to the list, because there are a number of people who keep their money in privately owned assets.
On the plus side, it's also great to have data and records, because it creates a culture of transparency. And as a bonus for the billionaires, Bill Gates once said that the Forbes list is a nice Rolodex to use when he's knocking on doors, trying to convince the other uber rich to be more philanthropic. It's also interesting to see who the most successful people in the other countries are, and it's a good indicator of how fast a country is developing. Case in point: China doubled its number of billionaires this year.
However, one of the main drawbacks is that the list almost seems like a public display of flaunting for the rich. The US economy is still recovering, and people are still feeling the bite of the recession. Perhaps a better list would be a list of billionaires who are doing the most for their country. This will send a message to people that although becoming extremely successful is something to be proud of; using that money to create visible social impact for society is even better.
Bill Gates was the richest man in the world for 17 years before dropping to second place in 2010 and this year, but he would have received the top spot if it weren't for his charitable donations. According to Reuters, Gates would have actually had $88 billion (topping Carlos Slim's $74 billion) if he didn't give so much money to his philanthropic causes. Thanks to his wealthy support, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest in the US.
What do you think of the Forbes billionaires list — should we have a list of billionaires who are doing the most good rather than a who's who of the richest people in the world?
There's been a lot of talk about college being an unnecessary expense. Personally, I think education is a very important investment, but to each his own. Obviously, these successful executives thought otherwise, and their decision to drop out literally paid off. Guess whether these billionaires dropped out of college.Take the Quiz