Bill Gates on Elon Musk and Steve Jobs: One's 'Engineer,' Other's 'Genius'

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Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation speaks onstage at 2019 New York Times Dealbook on November 06, 2019 in New York City.   ( Photo by Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times )

Microsoft's Bill Gates, Tesla's Elon Musk, and Apple's Steve Jobs are three of the most notable names in the tech industry. Two of the latter are so being compared with each other, and an article called Musk as the "Next Steve Jobs." If there's one person to know their difference, it's Bill Gates. And here's what he thought about this comparison.

Is Elon Musk the next Steve Jobs?

 One's 'Engineer,' Other's 'Genius'

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Tesla head Elon Musk talks to the press as he arrives to to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany. Musk is currently in Germany where he met with vaccine maker CureVac on Tuesday, with which Tesla has a cooperation to build devices for producing RNA vaccines, as well as German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier yesterday.

In any work industry, comparisons are common, just like with both tech businessmen Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. 

Business Insider even made an article citing differences and similarities among them. However, most of the people suggest Musk and Jobs were not alike, just like "Apples and Oranges."

It turns out, not just people from the survey thinks this way. Even Microsoft's co-founder Bill Gates said that Jobs and Musk are not similar to each other-- on so many different levels. 

He even mentioned calling, Musk as 'engineer,' while Jobs as 'genius to people.'

What's the difference: Musk vs. Jobs

 One's 'Engineer,' Other's 'Genius'

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Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs announces the new iPad as he speaks during an Apple Special Event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts January 27, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Apple introduced its latest creation, the iPad, a mobile tablet browsing device that is a cross between the iPhone and a MacBook laptop.

As explained to him via Bloomberg, Musk's label as the 'Next Steve Jobs' is a 'strange' gross oversimplification. 

Since he knew both of them personally, Gates said that no one would dare to "walk into a room and confuse them with each other." 

In fact, he found Musk as more 'engineer' than Jobs as a 'genius.' 

"Elon's more of a hands-on engineer. Steve was a genius at design and picking people and marketing," Gates said. 

It is observed that Gates has a more 'friendly' stance with Jobs than Musk. In his past interviews, the Microsoft billionaire often called the ex-Apple chief as "wizard at over-motivating people ... I could see him casting the spells, and then I would look at people and see them mesmerized."

For Musk, however, Tech Times reported that he recently gets mad on Gates over his another interview, forgetting Tesla's name as one of the best all-electric truck manufacturers in the world. 

He accused Bill of having no clue what he said.

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Written by Jamie Pancho 

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