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(USA TODAY) --- Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates seemingly holds back tears when discussing his final visit with rival Steve Jobs before the Apple co-founder's passing in 2011.
During an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, broken down in two parts, Gates says his final talk with Jobs focused on "what we learned, families, anything."
"He was not being melancholy, like, 'oh, I've been gypped,'" Gates tells 60 Minutes. "It was very forward looking."
Jobs died in 2011 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Although Gates and Jobs were fierce rivals in the personal computer business, the Microsoft co-founder says the two had a mutual respect for each other. "He and I, in a sense, grew up together. We were within a year of the same age, and we were naively optimistic and built big companies. We achieved all of it, and most of it as rivals, but we always retained a certain respect."
The candid discussion covers how Jobs and Apple took advantage of Microsoft missteps. "We did tablets, lots of tablets, well before Apple did," says Gates. "But they put the pieces together in a way that succeeded."
Gates also admits wishing to have had Jobs' sense of design. "The fact that he, with as little engineering background as he had, it shows that design can lead you in a good direction," says Gates. "Phenomenal products came out of it."
The 60 Minutes feature focuses on Gates' life after Microsoft, as he continues his charity work through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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