Times I've seen the mature, philanthropic Bill Gates on video - particularly in tandem with Warren Buffet - he's seemed so bland, it's like he's made a deliberate decision to show zero personality in public.
But that wasn't the case with the half of a C-SPAN program that aired last week.
Partial credit may be due to the interviewer, David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group. Rubenstein makes a great straight man. He played dumb so earnestly, Gates perhaps felt less need to keep up a guard.
This particular video, the C-SPAN site says I'm not supposed to embed; so, here are links to four segments I thought were particularly revealing and funny. Each is about a minute long. I'll include the relevant time markers in case you want to browse the full video rather than follow each discrete link.
- CTRL-ALT-DEL (25:40 - 27:01)
- On politics: "does this just happen to be the time it looks like it's not going to work out?" (37:55 - 38:43)
- "Being willing to tell your parents that they're wrong, is almost an acid test." (42:00 - 42:47)
- "They'll say, 'at least you'll give me a car, right,' and I think, good, we've got the bidding really low here." (44:30 - 45:52)
And here's a longer, four minute bit, about the origins of Microsoft.
- "Why didn't IBM want to own that software?" (28:20 - 32:52)