Bill Gates gets emotional recounting friendship with Steve Jobs

In recent days, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, has been heard taking a few pot shots at Apple's iPad by suggesting that consumers might be better served by trying out Microsoft's Surface tablet. And while it's true that Gates remains competitive in terms of technology, his recent comments are no reflection on his feeling about the late co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, broadcast this past weekend, Gates described his long competitive relationship with Jobs that, over time, turned into a kind of friendship. Speaking about his visit with Jobs in his last days before his passing in 2011, Gates became uncharacteristically emotional while recounting the meeting, a brief yet sincere glimpse at the true respect and admiration the two rivals had for each other. According to Gates, during the visit the two spoke about everything from using technology to better education, to Jobs' ongoing plans to finish his yacht.

Aside from the somber moment regarding his connection to Jobs, Gates also spoke at length regarding his outreach efforts to defeat diseases like malaria, his fascination with Leonardo da Vinci, and his ongoing penchant for autodidacticism, regularly consuming dozens of books (in print!) on obscure topics in a wide range of areas. You can check the Steve Jobs portion of the interview here, or watch the entire conversation here.

Via 60 Minutes

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