Bill Gates recently sat down with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes and shared a few personal memories of his friend and business rival Steve Jobs.
Gates said that he got a chance to visit with Jobs shortly before his death. The Microsoft founder said that they talked about what they’ve learned over the years, their families, and Steve Jobs’ unfinished yacht.
Gates, who seemed to be holding back tears, said: “Jobs was not melancholy. He was very forward looking … He showed me the boat that he was working on even though we both knew that there was a good chance that he would never see it.”
Gates said that there was a mutual admiration between the tech pioneers and that, in a sense, they grew up together.
Gates said: “He and I, in a sense, grew up together. We were within a year of the same age, and we were naively optimistic and built big companies. We achieved all of it, and most of it as rivals, but we always retained a certain respect.”
The Microsoft founder also complimented Jobs and Apple on creating some phenomenal products.
Gates said: “Microsoft created a lot of tablets before Apple did. But he was able to put the pieces together in a way that succeeded … 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.”
Here’s the video of Bill Gates speaking about Steve Jobs on 60 Minutes.