Bill Gates recently sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes in which he discussed his final conversations with the late Steve Jobs. Gates said he was able to spend time with Jobs while the then Apple CEO was sick and that they discussed what the two had learned growing up as titans of the tech industry, families and other topics.
Gates, at times teary eyed, said that Jobs was still “forward looking” and said Jobs told him about his new boat. “[Jobs] talked about how he’s looking forward to being on it, even though we both knew there was a good chance that wouldn’t happen,” Gates said, noting that Jobs went on to build the boat anyway. Gates even admitted that, while Microsoft attempted tablets, Apple was able to build them “in a way that succeeded” and said that he wish he had Jobs’ sense of design.
“He and I, in a sense, grew up together and every fantasy we had of creating products and learning new things, we achieved all of it,” Gates said. “And most of it as rivals. But we always retained a certain respect and communication, including even when he was sick.”
The full 60 Minutes Overtime video is embedded above with highlights from the show.