Bill Gates says Steve Jobs “was always cooler than me”

As you are most likely (or should be) well aware, Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft. What he currently does though primarily consists of philanthropy, or charity work, where he travels the world to help with different organizations fighting different diseases. After talking about that, though, Colbert brings up Steve Jobs, and the conversation was as follows:

Colbert: “You’re out there saving the world, and yet, you don’t have the cool factor. No offense, not the same cool factor like turtle-neck cool factor…does it ever bug you that you’e out there saving the world, and yet he’s, he’s, the memories of a cool guy? Did you ever want to be the cool guy?”

Gates: “Ah, he was always cooler than me.”

C: “Yeah?”

G: “Yeah.”

So he, admittedly, thinks Jobs was always the “cooler” one. I would have to agree; Steve Jobs was always shown as the cooler of the two. Now, I have the utmost respect for Mr. Gates, as he has done so much to the technology industry in his own ways. He is a great figure of the technology world. But he portrays or represents the “geekier” side, as he said himself in the video above.

What do you think? Do you agree with his way of saying it? What did you think of the interview? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: Cult of Mac, Comedy Central

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  • BrainRoopull

    I think it’s a pretty good exposé on modern culture that so many people revere Mr. Jobs as some sort of saint.  Maybe, in his private life, he was a wonderful man.  However, that a man of his wealth and public stature has almost no record of philanthropy is telling.  That so many who were close to him derided him as being vicious and mean is even more telling.Being “cool” is a pretty vapid reason to admire someone.Mr. Gates, however, seems to exude charity and humility every time I see him…  two traits I have never seen in Jobs.  Even in this video…  humble, thankful and almost embarrassed that he’s being praised.

  • BillThomas

    @BrainRoopull There is a big difference with how you act at work and at home, work can be very stressful and im sure being a CEO if a company like Apple is stressful as hell and no walk in the park so im sure Steve Jobs had is bad days at work just like the rest of us do…..

  • BrainRoopull

    @BillThomas I did put the disclaimer in that he may have been a wonderful guy in his private life for a reason.  For all I know, he treated his friends and family like gold & donated billions to charity.I do disagree with you that there’s a difference in how I act at home vs. work.  I try to be the same guy all the time.  The situations are different, so you see different parts of me, but I’m not a jerk at work & a sweety at home. I wasn’t directing my comment as a judgement of Steve Jobs, though.  Like I said, I only know the “public Steve.”  It’s the same “public Steve” so many people seem to think was an awesome guy.  In reality, “public Steve” wasn’t a great guy at all.  Cool?  Sure.  Someone to emulate?  Nope.  I’d rather be a Gates than a Jobs…  It’s the difference between having popularity & having character.  My rather misanthropic comment was more a comment on society than it was on Jobs or Gates.