Stephen Colbert told Bill Gates that he’s not as “cool” as Steve Jobs, but he has a chance of getting there if saving the world, ya know, ever gets trendy.
Gates visited the Colbert Report on Wednesday night to talk about his foundation’s annual letter, which outlines his organization’s recent successes in global health. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has played a critical role in reducing the number of childhood deaths (down to less than 7 million from 12 million in 1990) and in working toward eliminating polio (it should be wiped off the face of the earth in the next six years).
“It’s good news that you wouldn’t hear,” the founder of Microsoft said of the information he shared in his annual missive. “I share what I’ve been able to see in my travels to Africa and Asia.”
But after Gates shared his “good news,” Colbert broke it to the humanitarian that he’s just not as “cool” as Steve Jobs was.
“People say ‘what a cool guy,’ ‘what a cool guy’ Steve Jobs was. You’re out there saving the world, yet you don’t have the “cool factor,” Colbert jabbed. “Did you ever want to be the cool guy?”
Gates didn’t seemed phased though.
“He was brilliant. He had his own style. He had his own approach,” Gates said. “Mine is, I guess…a little geekier than his was.”