Bill Gates did an interview few days ago with BBC Radio 4’s Kirsty Young on the programme Desert Island Discs. He was asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item to take with him to a desert island. Mr Gates revealed detail about his life, including his relationship with Steve Jobs.
“Steve really is a singular person in the history of personal computing in terms of what he built at Apple. For some periods, we were completely allies working together – I wrote software for the original Apple II. Sometimes he would be very tough on you, sometimes he’d be very encouraging. He got really great work out of people.
“In the early years, the intensity had always been about the project, and so then [when] Steve got sick, it was far more mellow in terms of talking about our lives and our kids. Steve was an incredible genius, and I was more of an engineer than he was. But anyway, it was fun. It was more of a friendship that was reflective, although tragically then he couldn’t overcome the cancer and died.”
One of Bill Gates’ pick is the song Two of Us by The Beatles: “Steve [Jobs] was really into music and he loved the Beatles and so did I. And he actually mentioned the song, Two of Us, saying that was kind of like this journey we’d been on where we’d been competing and working together.”