Despite their rivalries on the business side of things, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have been great friends, so much so that once news of the Apple legend’s passing was announced, he immediately released this statement (quoted below). Continue reading to see Bill Gates and Steve Jobs together at the D5 conference.

I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work. Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.

The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.

[via Forbes]