Bill Gates was on The Colbert Report and it was a hard-hitting interview but a riot to watch indeed. Stephen Colbert questioned Gates about his work and charity including his efforts to promote education and eradicate childhood death through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also asked him how he felt when Steve Jobs got so much limelight and applause every time he introduced a new gadget whereas all Gates’ good and charitable work never got him the same applause and admiration.
“I was lucky enough to meet Steve Jobs a few times,” said Colbert. “People always say ‘what a cool guy’ Steve Jobs was. And you’re out there saving the world, and yet, you don’t have the cool factor.”
“He was always cooler than me,” said Gates.
“Maybe saving the world will get cool,” said Colbert.
“It’s okay,” said Gates. “He was brilliant, he had his own style, he had his own approach. And mine is just a little geekier than his was.”
Colbert clobbered him with questions like, "When you go around the world, do you at least wear and American flag, so people know this is American money? Do they know you're an American when you get over there?"
"Oh yeah, and they hope American innovation, generosity really continues to lead the world," replied Gates.
You can watch the entire episode here.