Last night Bill Gates visited with Steven Colbert of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report to discuss his annual letter. As with most of Colbert’s interviews, it was full of a ton of laughs and silly, fluff questions. However, one of the greatest parts of the interview (besides the near eradication of polio and five million fewer child deaths per year), was when Colbert asked Gates if he was angry about the “cool factor” that Steve Jobs had. Is Bill Gates angry that even though he clearly does more for the world, Jobs gets all the attention? Bill’s deadpan response, is awesome. Check out the interview below (apologies to those not in the US):
Bill’s letter is an annual update on how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done over the past twelve months. In this year’s letter, Bill focuses on the single question, “Why does measurement matter?” As many of you probably know the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spearheading the efforts to save millions of children’s lives every year around the globe. Their current main goal is to eradicate polio from the face of the planet, and with just 250 cases worldwide last year they are getting close. The foundation is also greatly invested in America’s education system, as they try to redefine how we teach kids in this digital world.
While many of us miss Bill’s guidance and vision in the day to day operations at Microsoft, he’s clearly doing bigger and better things. Kudos to you Bill.