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Microsoft founder Bill Gates was one of the elite few who visited Apple co-founder Steve Jobs prior to his death, and the billionaire doesn't hold back his emotions during a new interview on the subject.
CBS News posted an excerpt Sunday from this week's 60 Minutes in which Charlie Rose sits down with Microsoft legend Bill Gates to discuss his onetime rival Steve Jobs and their last meeting together prior to his death.
"He showed me the boat he was working on and talked about how he's looking forward to being on it, even though we both knew there was a good chance that wouldn't happen," Gates revealed, a rare emotional moment for the former Microsoft CEO.
Gates also didn't hold back when it came to discussing areas where Apple got the upper hand over Microsoft -- such as tablets, a market Gates and company attempted to pioneer long before anyone had ever heard of the iPad.
"We did tablets -- lots of tablets -- well before Apple did, but they put the pieces together in a way that succeeded," Gates remarked.
Finally, the billionaire philanthropist looks back at his rivalry with Jobs and how their lives ran parallel in many respects.
"He and I, in a sense, grew up together," Gates concluded. "We were within a year of the same age, and we were kind of naively optimistic and built big companies. And every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things -- we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always retained a certain respect and communication, including even when he was sick."
The Gates interview closes on a humorous note, as the former Microsoft CEO remembers a dinner date cancelled by Jobs, who passed along the message "tell him I'm an a**hole" as his only explanation. Check out the excerpts in the video embedded below!
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(Video courtesy of CBS News)