“In a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo! and ABC News, the former head of Microsoft talked about how Steve Jobs’ death affected him, his fix for American schools and his annual letter, which sets the priorities for one of the most generous charitable efforts in history,” Bill Weir reports for ABC News.

“Weeks before the Apple founder died, Gates paid an unannounced visit to the home of his sometime friend and longtime rival,” Weir reports. “‘He and I always enjoyed talking. He would throw some things out, you know, some stimulating things. We’d talk about the other companies that have come along. We talked about our families and how lucky we’d both been in terms of the women we married. It was great relaxed conversation.’”

Weir reports, “How did Jobs’ death affect him? ‘Well, it’s very strange to have somebody who’s so vibrant and made such a huge difference and been … kind of a constant presence, to have him die,’ Gates said. ‘It makes you feel like, ‘Wow, we’re getting old.’ I hope I still have quite a bit of time for the focus I have now, which is the philanthropic work. And there’s drugs we’re investing in now that won’t be out for 15 years — malaria eradication, I need a couple of decades here to fulfill that opportunity. But, you know, it reminds you that you gotta pick important stuff, because you only have a limited time.’”

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[Attribution: Mashable. Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]