TIME asks the Bono and the Gates about their unlikely collaboration

That's how Bono described the late-night sessions he and theĀ Gateses have when they get together. In an interview with Josh Tyrangiel in Omaha last week, the rapport between the rocker and the tech lords was easy and their curiosity about one another's worlds genuine.

TIME When you first had Bono over for dinner, in 2002, were you aware of his celebrity or nervous about it?

MELINDA GATES: We'd certainly never had a rock star to the house before, but the whole reason we got together is because we have this joint cause. [To Bono] I have to be honest, we kind...

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