Bill Gates: This Is How Steve Jobs Inspired Me
Bill Gates talks about his final conversation with the late Steve Jobs, and the creative void the former Apple founder left behind.
The death of Steve Jobs has inspired Bill Gates to push on with his philanthropic work, reminding him that we only have a limited amount of time on the earth. He made this revelation during an interview with Bill Weir on Nightline where he talked about his last visit to Jobs' home in the weeks before the Apple founder's death.
"He and I always enjoyed talking," Gates revealed. "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."
The loss has certainly affected him -- just in his words he describes a void where Steve Job had once filled. While the two weren't always on the best of terms over the years, there was a dose of admiration from both sides, an admiration for what they've accomplished. They essentially changed the world with the likes of Windows and iPhone on two separate fronts.
"Steve had a very different set of skills than I did," he admitted. "He was every bit as intense, believed in revolutionary ways of using computers. But not in an engineer approach, [but rather] a design approach, and that had huge strengths, particularly the last episode where he ran Apple. He was able to do incredible work."
"It's very strange to have somebody who's so vibrant and made such a huge difference, a constant presence, to have him die," Gates said on Steve Jobs' passing. "It's a huge milestone, very sad not to have his talents helping out. Very sad for his kids who I've gotten to know a little bit. Great, great kids."
"It makes you feel like, wow, we're getting old," he added. "You look back and think about the great opportunities we had to have a big impact."
To see the interview, head here.