Bill Gates Gets Teary Eyed Talking About Steve Jobs on '60 Minutes'

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 01:52 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Bill Gates got teary eyed during a recent "60 Minutes" interview while discussing his last words with Steve Jobs before the Apple co-founder died in October 2011.

CBS News released the footage on Sunday.

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"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," said the co-founder and chairman of Microsoft. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies."

Gates told host Charlie Rose that Jobs was "was not being melancholy," in their last talk," rather he "was very forward looking."

As rivals in the technology world, Gates, 57, acknowledged they had a mutual respect for one another.

"When he was sick I got to go down and spend time with him," Gates told Rose. "He showed me the boat he was working on and [we] 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."

The former Apple CEO never got to finish his $130 million yacht. In December 2012, the massive vessel was impounded in Amsterdam after the boat's designer claimed he had not been paid.

When Rose asked Gates which of Jobs' traits he wishes he had, Gates answered, "His sense of design."

"We did tablets, lots of tablets, well before Apple did," Gates said. "But they put the piece together in a way that succeeded.

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"The fact that he, with as little engineering background as he had, it shows you that design can lead you in a good direction and so phenomenal products can come out of it," Gates added. "He knew about brand, in a very positive sense, he had an intuitive sense for marketing."

Jobs, who resigned as CEO of Apple in August 2011, succumbed to pancreatic cancer two months later in Palo Alto, California. He was 56.

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