Report: Bill Gates Won't Let His Kids Have iPods

10:07, 04 March 2009
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It`s pretty clear Bill Gates...

 You`d think the children of the world`s richest man could get anything they wanted, according to FOXNews.

But Bill Gates` kids aren`t allowed to have any Apple products, the Microsoft founder`s wife tells Vogue magazine.

"There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household," Melinda Gates, a Microsoft millionaire in her own right, tells interviewer Michael Specter. "But iPods and iPhones are two things we don`t get for our kids."

It`s pretty clear Bill Gates is familiar with Apple products — after all, Microsoft Word was first written for the original Mac. Yet the silken tentacles of Steve Jobs do not sully the well-timbered, high-tech lodge of the Gates family on the shores of Lake Washington.

According to, Gates may have also banned BlackBerrys from the high-minded halls of his philanthropic Gates Foundation, issuing Windows Mobile-powered smartphones instead.

Still, the former Melinda French, a Microsoft millionaire in her own right before she became Mrs. Gates, admits to a little Apple envy.

"Every now and then I look at my friends and say, `Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone,`" she tells Vogue.


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