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

You'd think the children of the world's richest man could get anything they wanted.

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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