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Melinda Gates Says No iPods or iPhones Are Allowed

iPods and iPhones Are Not Allowed in the Gates Household

This month's Vogue has a great interview with Mrs. Bill Gates, the lovely philanthropist Melinda Gates. The interview focuses on the Microsoft founder's better half, but there's a fun Apple rivalry moment in the piece, when the subject of the couples' kids is brought up.

She says: "There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household. But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids."

Gates does admit to being swayed — a little— by Apple's smartphone, though: "Every now and then I look at my friends and say 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone'."


Sammi_784 Sammi_784 8 years
lol, i guess it's a justified rule. although saying that, i wouldn't want to live in that house. i'm an apple geek through and through.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Sucks to be Bill Gates' kids! Matredalia, Microsoft *is* in the mobile phone business...there isn't a Microsoft phone, but Microsoft Windows Mobile software is integrated into many smartphones that are competitors of the iPhone [Blackberry, for instance], so not allowing competitor's products in the house makes sense. Still sucks, though.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 8 years
My grandmother worked in K-Mart for over 25 years and because of it, my grandfather wouldn't step foot in Wal Mart. So *shrugs* it's just the way some folks are. I think it's kind of funny, but sad for the kids in a way. The iPod I could understand since Microsoft has a competing product but Microsoft isn't in the mobile phone market, so why no iPhone?
Katypaty Katypaty 8 years
Poor kids, they should have the choice, and this made me laugh. :D
kristints kristints 8 years
I couldn't live with Bill... PCs often make me want to throw things.
misscococherie misscococherie 8 years
lol that's a funny statement. i mean come on steve jobs will not have in his house a PC or a Zune.
aistea311 aistea311 8 years
lol its like my aunt when she used to work at coke never had pepsi in her house!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Yep macgirl, that's why my family has to book all of our travel through Orbitz, cheapest or not. :-) I think that was a really cute comment about the iPhone. And can I just say that I think Bill & Melinda Gates make the cutest geek couple ever.
snapperdragon snapperdragon 8 years
I guess the new reason for kids to rebel is to get them their iPods!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I don't see anything wrong with their comment. I mean, I'm sure there are other parents in the world that won't let their child have a certain brand or product because of name or whatever reason.
whitesky whitesky 8 years
Bill Gates not allowing Apple products in his home is akin to Nero slapping his fiddle while his world was getting torched. The Luddites are still alive and well in the soggy, albeit beautiful, northwest.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
@Taadie all of our household income is due to us selling and servicing Apple computers. I wouldn't buy my son a Zune if he asked for it. I think that's just the way it is when your household is that one sided. I think his quote was cute :-)
Taadie Taadie 8 years
Ski, I didnt really read it to mean they DO get everything they want but maybe that there arent a lot of things that are completely not up for discussion. I can understand that. If I was Steve Jobs I wouldnt be buying my kids a PC.
themd themd 8 years
I bet Bill has Firefox
skigurl skigurl 8 years
funny that she says not a lot of things are off limits and Apple products are the only things they WON'T get for their you NEVER say no to your kids? they get whatever they want as long as it'snot a competing brand? spoiled!
lolmisstran lolmisstran 8 years
Wow, Bummer For The Kids.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
mcoopers81 mcoopers81 8 years
These people need to get over themselves. I have nothing against Microsoft.
htking htking 8 years
Funny! Things you don't think about with people like all honesty, I've never had an iPod but currently have a Zune and would never dream of getting anything else! I have never had any problems with it and the Zune marketplace is great. As for an iPhone...I just don't need my phone to do that many things, I could live with a Blackberry though :)
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