Bono on trying to first meet Gates: “It’s an interesting story in not judging your friends. I said to Paul Allen, would you help me get to Bill Gates?…Paul’s a kind of shy guy, but he usually answers my emails. And he stopped answering them…I got a bit cross with Paul. I said, ‘That’s not very nice, this is one thing I’ve ever asked him to do.’ And I had no idea of course that he’d been asking Bill, but Bill was actually like, no, I’d don’t want to meet him. It’s Sonny Bono.’”
Gates on Bono’s attempts: “I have to admit, I did not make it a priority.”
Gates on their first meeting: “I was kind of amazed that he actually knew what he was talking about and had a real commitment to making things happen. It was phenomenal. After that, we’ve been big partners in crime.”
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