He didn’t get the full hour, but Bill Gates was the highlight of last night’s episode of “60 Minutes.”
The CBS news show presented a wide-ranging feature on Gates and his role as the world’s most generous philanthropist, with footage from Africa to Seattle and candid interviews with Bill and Melinda Gates and Bill Gates Sr., mostly covering ways the foundation they run is working to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.
“You realize how crazy it is that with the world being rich enough to afford all sorts of frivolous things that those basic things still aren’t being provided,” Gates told host Charlie Rose.
Multiple interviews were done by Rose in Seattle, including sessions at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue and the private office that Gates has in Kirkland.
At Intellectual Ventures, Gates showed off a “super Thermos” that keeps vaccines cold for 50 days without using electricity. In Kirkland, Gates showed Rose part of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, the manuscript that Gates bought for $31 million in 1994, exploring turbulence.
Rose at one point said he’d heard Gates may be the most influential person in the 21st century, then closed with snippets of Gates on stage with Steve Jobs in 2007.
How does Gates find time, Rose asked, to run the foundation, raise his family and serve as Microsoft chairman?
“I don’t mow the lawn,” Gates said.
Here’s the feature: