Interesting article in Slashdot regarding who will go down in history as the greatest. Jobs or Gates? The controversy was that Gates is the winner mainly due to his philanthropy.
I would agree. I think that both Gates and Jobs were just people who were in the right place at the right time. There was always going to be someone who created an aesthetic looking computer. The smartphone was already starting to rear its head prior to the iphone.
I do think that to cure malaria is a powerful effort. One that I don't think has ever been attempted by an individual. Gates effort without a doubt eclipses Jobs.