5 things we learned from this remarkable Bill Gates interview

Here’s what we know about Bill Gates.

He dropped out of Harvard during his sophomore year to launch Microsoft. The company’s co-founder became a billionaire in his early 30s and then a philanthropist with his wife, Melinda, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He likes reading and even does his own dishes.

For what we don’t know, Netflix is hoping to fill that void.

The TV-streaming giant will release a three-part documentary called “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates,” which debuts Sept. 20, to give people access to a side they’ve never seen behind one of the world’s smartest and wealthiest titans.

Gates, whose wife described his mind as “chaotic,” recently opened up to The Wall Street Journal to served as an early appetizer to the man behind technology’s early revolution.

On his wife, Melina, describing his mind as “chaos”:

“I think it’s the opposite of chaos. I’ll just take one dimension: timeline. If you name a point in time, or something that happened in history with, say, chemistry or relativity, I can attach knowledge to previous knowledge. So when I read a new book, there are already patterns, and it’s just a lot simpler for me to build on that basis. It’s not just an endless set of things that I have no framework for.”

On reflecting how he handled Microsoft’s antitrust trial (1990-2002):

“It’s all online. My son watched every minute and said, “Hey Dad, don’t you think you could have done a better job?” Yeah, I guess I could have. Look, there were some elements of that whole thing that I consider unfair, but if you take the scope of my life, I’m not somebody who’s in a position to complain about anything. Those aren’t my favorite moments and I can still explain to you why the government was completely wrong, but that’s really old news at this point. For me personally, it did accelerate my move into that next phase, two to five years sooner, of shifting my focus over to the foundation. So explaining to people why that [the lawsuit] wasn’t fair to me? I better skip that part.”

On if Microsoft tried to make him look cooler:

“Nobody ever tried to get rid of my freckles or stop me from rocking or chewing my glasses. If you watch this documentary, I’m clearly not cured of that. It’s the main thing I do in my life. I read and I chew glasses. That’s my job.”

What has Gates recently read?

“Prepared” by Diane Tavenner, “Loonshots” by Safi Bahcall, “These Truths” by Jill Lepore. He’s also reading “every word” from late author David Foster Wallace.

What has Gates recently watched?

Though he admits he has a hard time, as all of us do, keeping up with the all content out there. But Broadchurch (BBC), The Crown (Netflix), Money Heist (Netflix), The Loudest Voice (Showtime) and even an ABC drama, A Million Little Things, have made the roster.