Bill Gates

  • Aired:  01/30/13
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Microsoft's founder talks about polio eradication, information technology and the decline in childhood deaths worldwide. (7:04)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A BILLIONAIRE PHILANTHROPIST AND FOUNDER OF MICROSOFT.

I'LL ASK HIM HOW TO OPEN UP A TCP PORT TO MY NETWORK PRINTER.

PLEASE WELCOME BILL GATES!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

HEY, MR. GATES.

>> HO YOU ARE YOU?

>> Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU.

THANKS YOU FOR COMING ON.

I'VE HAD YOUR WIFE ON A COUPLE TIMES BUT NEVER YOU.

THANK YOU FOR COMING.

>> GREAT TO BE HERE.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU STILL THE RICHEST GUY IN THE WORLD?

YONCH THINK SO, NO.

>> Stephen: COULD WE NOT GET THE RICHEST GUY?

I'M SURE STILL GOT IT ON THE BALL BUT WE DON'T HAVE THE RICHEST GUY?

OKAY.

WE'LL DO THIS ANYWAY.

LAUGH YOU'RE TRUSTEE, COCHAIR OF BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION, COFOUNDER OF

MICROSOFT YOU HAVE THE ANNUAL LETTER FROM BILL GATES.

IT CAME OUT WHEN?

>> THIS MORNING.

>> Stephen: CAME OUT THIS MORNING.

WHAT IS -- BY THE WAY, I'M NOT GOING TO SAY YOU ARE AN OLD OUT OF TOUCH BILLIONAIRE BUT UM, --

[ LAUGHTER ]

YOU CAME ON MY SHOW TO SAY YOU WROTE A LETTER.

YOU KNOW ABOUT E-MAIL, RIGHT?

[ LAUGHTER ]

TWEET IT IF YOU WANTED.

IF THIS LETTER ARE YOU TELLING US THINGS ARE GOTTEN BETTER OR WORSE?

IS THE HOPEFUL MESSAGE THIS YEAR?

>> IT'S POSITIVE BECAUSE THE PROGRESS ON REDUCING CHILDHOOD DEATHS, BRINGING POPULATION

GROWTH DOWN IT'S GOOD NEWS THAT YOU WOULDN'T HEAR.

SO I SHARE WHAT I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE IN MY TRAVELS TO AFRICA AND ASIA.

>> Stephen: SOME OF THE TBHINGS YOU ARE SHOOTING FOR ARE POLIO, MA LAIRA, WE'VE GOT THESE

THINGS ON THE ROPE?

>> POLIO WAS DOWN TO 250 CASES LAST YEAR.

>> Stephen: IN THE WORLD?

>> IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

SO IN THE NEXT SIX YEARS IT WILL BE ZERO AND BECOME THE SECOND DISEASE TO EVER BE ERADICATED.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK THE FACT THAT YOUR SKILL SET OR THE THING YOU MADE YOUR FORTUNE ON

IS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DO YOU THINK INFORMATION CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY WE

HELP PEOPLE?

OR IS DATA AS IMPORTANT AS PASSION?

>> I THINK PASSION IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT.

BUT BACKING GREAT SCIENTISTS WHO HAVE GOOD IDEAS.

IN THIS CASE IT'S PEOPLE INVENTING VACCINES OR WAYS OF GETTING ORGANIZED TO GET THEM

DELIVERED OUT TO EVERYBODY.

DATA IS PART OF THAT TO SEE WHERE WE'RE DOING WELL, WHERE WE'RE NOT DOING WELL.

IF WE CAN REALLY TRACK THE MONEY AND SEE THE RESULTS, THEN WE GET A LOT SMARTER AS WE GO ALONG.

>> Stephen: HERE IS THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THIS IS THAT IF YOU TRACK THE DATA, SEE WHERE

YOU ARE DOING WELL AND WHERE YOU DON'T DO WELL, YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE GETTING BETTER OR WORSE

WHEREAS IF I KEEP NO RECORD OF WHAT I DO, I CAN ALWAYS ASSUME I'VE SUCCEED.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> THERE WAS SOME OF THAT IN THE PAST.

[ LAUGHTER ]

BUT PEOPLE HAVE SET BAR A LITTLE HIGHER NOW.

AND, YOU KNOW, IF WE'RE SMART ABOUT IT, AND WE CUT CHILDHOOD DEATHS.

IN 1990 IT WAS 12 MILLION A YEAR, CHILDREN UNDER FIVE, NOW IT'S DOWN BELOW SEVEN MILLION A YEAR.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WE'RE CUTTING THAT EVERY YEAR.

>> Stephen: THAT IS ALL OVER THE WORLD.

>> WORLDWIDE.

>> Stephen: HERE IS MY SECOND BEEF WITH YOU, WHY ARE YOU HELPING PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

WHEN THERE ARE STILL THINGS TO BE FIXED IN THE SNUTS YOU ARE AN AMERICAN, SIR, WHAT IS WRONG

WITH FIXING AMERICA BEFORE WE FIX ANYWHERE ELSE?

>> WELL, OUR BIG CAUSE IN THE UNITED STATES IS EDUCATION.

WE'RE INCREDIBLY THANKFUL TO ALL THE HELP WE HAD THAT ALLOWED US TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

>> Stephen: DID YOU -- WAS THERE A BILL GATES IN YOUR PAST?

WAS THERE SOMEBODY LIKE BILL GATES IN YOUR SNANCHT NO, BUT THE WHOLE ENVIRONMENT WHERE I

GOT A GREAT EDUCATION.

MY WIFE DID.

WARREN BUFFETT WHO PROVIDES HALF OF RESPHORTSZ FOUNDATION, HE IS SUPER THANKFUL HE GREW UP HERE.

WE WANTED TO PICK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THE COUNTRY, WHETHER IT'S EQUITY OR SUCCESS

FOR THE COUNTRY I THINK SAID CASE IS THE RIGHT CHOICE.

>> Stephen: WHEN YOU GO AROUND THE WORLD DO YOU WEAR AN AMERICAN FLAG SO PEOPLE KNOW

IT'S AMERICAN MONEY, A TEN GALLON HAT, SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

DO THEY KNOW YOU'RE AMERICAN?

>> OH, YEAH.

THEY HOPE AMERICAN INNOVATION AND GENEROSITY CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WORLD.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: YOU CAN APPLAUD AMERICA.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

YOU ARE NOT DAY-TO-DAY AT MICROSOFT ANYMORE.

YOU ARE STILL CHARM BUT NOT DAY-TO-DAY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: DO YOU MISS THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE.

DO YOU SAY I'M GOING TO DRINK COFFEE ALL NIGHT AND CODE.

>> I DON'T STAY UP ALL NIGHT QUITE AS MUCH.

IT'S PARTLY MY AGE.

IT DOESN'T GRAB ME QUITE THE SAME WAY.

YES, I MISS THE INTENSITY.

IT WAS PHENOMENALLY FUN.

FOR MY 20s, 30s AND 40s IT WAS THE COOLEST THING I COULD HAVE DONE.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER 40, SIR.

I'M NOT JUST SAYING THAT BECAUSE I'M GOING TO HIT YOU UP FOR CASH LATER.

[ LAUGHTER ]

PEOPLE OUT THERE ALL THINK, YOU KNOW, I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO TALK TO STEVE JOBS A FEW TIMES AND IT

WAS -- I WASN'T A FRIEND OF HIS BUT WE SPOKE.

AND EVERYBODY -- PEOPLE SAY WHAT A COOL GUY STEVE JOBS WAS.

AND YOU ARE OUT THERE SAVING THE WORLD AND YET, YOU DON'T HAVE THE COOL FACTOR.

NO OFFENSE IT'S NOT THE SAME COOL FACTOR LIKE TURTLENECK COOL FACTOR, A MAN WHO CONTRIBUTED A

GREAT DEAL.

DOES IT BUG YOU YOU ARE SAVING THE WORLD AND HE'S THE MEMORIES OF A COOL GUY?

DID YOU EVER WANT TO BE THE COOL GUY?

>> HE WAS ALWAYS COOLER THAN ME.

[ LAUGHTER ]

>> Stephen: YEAH?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: MAYBE SAVING THE WORLD WILL GET COOL?

>> IT'S OKAY.

>> Stephen: REALLY, YOU DON'T CARE?

>> NO, I MEAN, HE WAS BRILLIANT.

HE HAD HIS OWN STYLE HIS OWN APPROACH.

MINE IS -- I GUESS A LITTLE GEEKIER THAN HIS WAS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: WELL HERE IS TO THE GEEKS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

BILL GATES.

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