Gates: Steve Jobs Was "Brilliant, Always Cooler Than Me"

During a humorous moment on Wednesday’s The Colbert Report, guest Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder and chairman, took a moment to reflect on comparisons made between himself and late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. When asked by host Stephen Colbert about why, despite his tireless philanthropic efforts, Mr. Jobs is remembered as a more popular mainstream figure, Mr. Gates replied that Mr. Jobs was “always cooler than me.”

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The transcript from that segment of the interview:

Colbert: People say “what a cool guy, what a cool guy Steve Jobs was.” You are out there saving the world and yet, you don’t have the cool factor, no offense, not the same turtleneck cool factor. As a man who has contributed a great deal, does it ever bug you that you are out there saving the world and yet he has the memories a cool guy?

Gates: He was always cooler than me.

Colbert: Yeah?

Gates: Yeah.

Colbert: Maybe saving the world will get cool.

Gates: It’s okay.

Colbert: Really? You don’t care?

Gates: No. He was brilliant. He had his own style, his own approach and mine is a little geekier than his was.

Mr. Gates and Mr. Jobs are among the two most influential figures in modern technology. The men had a highly competitive and tumultuous relationship as their two companies struggled to shape the future of computing, although both admitted to maintaing a private and respectful friendship despite their differences.

Mr. Gates maintains his role as Chairman of Microsoft but stepped down as CEO in 2000, leaving the company in the hands of longtime Microsoft employee Steve Ballmer.

The full interview, which primarily discusses Mr. Gates’s charitable work, is embedded below. The discussion on Mr. Jobs begins at the 5:45 mark.

[via Business Insider]