Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is famous for his book recommendations. Therefore, it is not surprising if he makes a literary reference. Surprisingly, Harry Potter is one of Gates' work references, and today he calls himself a "little wizard" in a discussion about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who calls Gates a "sorcerer." had hypnotized everyone else.
Bloomberg reports that in an interview with Fareed Zakaria of CNN scheduled to air on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" tonight (July 7), Gates spoke in magical terms about himself and his former rival Jobs. "I was like a little sorcerer because it would cast spells and I would see people fascinated, but because I'm a little magician, the spells do not work for me," said Gates of Jobs.
Gates lovingly talked about Jobs, who was both his rival and co-worker at times and expressed admiration for his talent. He admitted that Jobs could be an "asshole" and occasionally difficult, but said, "He did some incredibly positive things along with that harshness." Gates noted that Jobs was not only impressed with his own ideas, but also was extraordinarily capable when it came to sniffing skills in others and motivates these people to produce good work for him. He said that he does not have to meet anyone who can handle jobs.
While Gates was certainly having fun when he said that Jobs had "spells" on Apple's success, for many, the company's continued primacy seemed magical. And Gates on his part seems to be quite fascinated by Jobs to this day.