When Steve Jobs was nearing the end of his life Bill Gates came by his house to talk.Biographer Walter Isaacson makes the visit sound incredibly quaint: “Gates drove to Jobs’s house, walked through the back gate to the open kitchen door, and saw [Jobs’ daughter] Eve studying at the table. ‘Is Steve around?’ he asked. Eve pointed him to the living room.”
The two spent three hours talking about their lives and the computer industry.
Afterwards, Jobs recounted the conversation to Isaacson, and what he said was the saddest thing I read in the entire book.
Speaking of Bill Gates, Jobs said, “He was happier than I’ve ever seen him, and I kept thinking how healthy he looked.”
It might not seem all that sad to most people, but reading that, I can only imagine Jobs looking at Gates, who is eight months younger than him, thinking about how close he is to death and how far from death Gates is.
The two came of age together. They built, and personified, the personal computing revolution. And now, far too early, Jobs was dying while his counterpart was perfectly healthy.
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