Bill Gates talks about Steve Jobs during Reddit 'Ask Me Anything'

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates reached out to the people Monday, answering any questions they had for him on Reddit. The questions ranged from serious topics, like his philanthropy and opinions on the future of technology, to fun things, like his favorite band and what he likes to do when he unplugs from the tech world.

Bill was very open about some topics, including his relationship with the late Steve Jobs, founder of his main competition, Apple Computers. Bill also showed how much he loves to use the ellipses (...) when typing.  Below are some highlights.

On what he does for fun when disconnected:  I love playing tennis. I am an avid bridge player (a card game if you have not heard of it - it was more popular in the past!). I like to tour interesting things with my kids like power plants, garbage dumps, the Large Hadron Collider, Antarctica, missile Silos (Arizona)... I read a lot and watch courses (online or the Learning Company)...

On what cheap things he still enjoys, since becoming wealthy: Kids. Cheap cheeseburgers. Open Course Ware courses...

When asked where he finds "cheap kids," Bill simply replied, "The Stork."

On his negative portrayal, by Anthony Michael Hall, in the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley:" That portrayal was reasonably accurate....

On whether or not he can still jump over chairs like he was once known for: Less than I used to. It was part of exercise for snow skiing. I still ski but I am not as hard core...


On his favorite band: Weezer... Actually, U2 is a favorite... I keep waiting for Spinal Tap to go back on tour...

On the decision to donate his fortune, rather than leaving it to his kids: I definitely think leaving kids massive amounts of money is not a favor to them. Warren Buffett was part of an article in Fortune talking about this in 1986 before I met him and it made me think about it and decide he was right. Some people disagree with this but Melinda [Gates] and I feel good about it.

On his relationship with Steve Jobs: He and I respected each other. Our biggest joint project was the Mac where Microsoft had more people on the project than Apple did as we wrote a lot of applications. I saw Steve regularly over the years including spending an afternoon with him a few months before he tragically passed away...
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