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Melinda Gates: “I Wouldn’t Mind Having an iPhone”

Melinda Gates & Bill Gates
Melinda Gates and her husband,
Bill Gates

Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, sometimes wants an iPhone, but despite the temptation, neither she nor her kids can get one. Same goes with the iPod.

In an interview published by Vogue magazine, Mrs. Gates said, "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." As for herself, she said, "Every now and then I look at my friends and say, 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone."

As an Apple-centric publication, it would be fairly easy to just write a hit and run article mocking her for these quotes, but the context of the interview with Vogue is probably worth far more than the angst of the world's wealthiest woman being denied something simply because it was made by her hubby's chief foe.

To wit: The quote about iPhones and iPods came in response to questions about how the Gates's raise their children.

"They go to parks, have playdates and sleep-overs," Mrs. Gates said, and Vogue described her as being "fierce" about this. She added, "There will be no bubble for them; these children will not turn out to be Paris Hilton."

The Gates's have also gone on record as saying their children would not inherit most of their wealth, and the two have already plowed enormous amounts of that wealth into their Foundation, which Mrs. Gates actively co-runs with her husband.

The full interview focuses mainly on that Foundation, the kind of work it does, and what motivates Mrs. Gates in pursuit of this work. Her goals, according to the interview, are merely solving world hunger and disease.

"We talk about eliminating AIDS and malaria," she said. "We know how hard that is going to be, but we are not daunted."

Perhaps an iPhone would help in this pursuit? It's likely she'll never know.

11 comments from the community.

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Al said:

As much as I can say against Microsoft the convicted monopolist and Bill Gates the abusive monopolist that ran it for a long time, I will grant that the Gates’ charitable activities are a class act.


Boscher said:

I agree…I am not a Microsoft fan but their B&MGates;foundation is inspiring.


Bryan Chaffin said:

I completely agree with both of you. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has rewritten the rules on what charitable foundations can do, and their work has been amazing.



geoduck said:

They are also trying to raise their kids in a reasonable normal environment.

Gates could end up being remembered as the 21st centuries Andrew Carnegie.


eugenio said:

Silly woman. Divorce him over his ridiculous contorlling behavior. get half of everything, buy as many Macs, iPods and iPhones as she wants and never have to look at his horrible wimpish mug ever again.


Lee Dronick said:

“Silly woman. Divorce him over his ridiculous contorlling behavior. get half of everything, buy as many Macs, iPods and iPhones as she wants and never have to look at his horrible wimpish mug ever again.”

She was probably the best thing that ever happened to him.


Intruder said:

See what happens when you run the Microsoft Bob team? First you pay penance by having to marry Bill, then you can’t have an iPhone.

/I keed.


dennis said:

Apple is Bill’s “chief foe”? I bet he’d be even more pissed if she bought an Android phone.


salparadise said:

As has been noted before - I can just imagine her standing in front of Bill with an iphone in one hand saying “tell me again why I married you”


drew said:

WTH, why can’t she get an iPhone? Microsoft don’t make phones and they only compete directly with Apple on the Zune.

It’s stupid that MS is considered to be the rival to Apple, MS is a software company, Apple is a hardware company. It’s really petty that the worlds richest man will deny his family the best devices on the market, based on some imaginary rivalry.


Bryan Chaffin said:

Drew, MS makes Windows Mobile, one of the iPhone’s competitors in the smart phone market.  It’s likely they use Windows Mobile devices in the Gates house.



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