Bill Gates has pledged to give away $60 billion, making him probably the most generous philanthropist in history. Yet Steve Jobs was unimpressed. For him, such largesse was merely proof of Gates’ utter dorkiness.
“Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he’s more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people’s ideas,” Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson in Steve Jobs.
For his part, Gates was not afraid to kick Jobs when Apple was down, in 1998. “What I can’t figure out is why [Jobs] is even trying [to be the CEO of Apple]?” Gates said at the time. “He knows he can’t win.” Cue evil laughter.