Bill Gates on 'Colbert Report': Microsoft Was 'Coolest Thing I Could've Done'

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Bill Gates is happy to be a geek. When asked during his first-ever appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Wednesday if he "ever wanted to be the cool guy" like Steve Jobs, the Chairman of Microsoft replied, "He was always cooler than me...It's OK. He was brilliant. He had his own style, his own approach. Mine, I guess, is a little geekier than his was."

Gates went on the show to mainly talk about the work he's been doing with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which released its annual letter Wednesday.

"You came on my show to say you wrote a letter," Colbert said. "You know about email, right?"

Colbert went on to ask if technology makes a difference in how the foundation helps people and if "data is as important as passion" when doing philanthropic work. "I think passion is probably the most important," said Gates, who went on to talk about how data is used to make the foundation more efficient.

Toward the end of the interview, Colbert switched the topic to Microsoft, asking if Gates missed the "rough and tumble" of the day-to-day, in other words the, "I'm going to stay up all night, drink coffee and code" mentality. To which Gates replied:

"I miss the intensity. It was phenomenally fun. And for my 20s, 30s and 40s, it was the coolest thing I could've done."

You can watch the full interview below:

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Dana Gagnon

Dana Gagnon is the Director of Branded Content at Pluralsight. After working for years in Chicago media, she joined the team in 2012 to continue bringing quality news, tips and more to Pluralsight's audience. Find her @ChicagoDana