Bill Gates Bans iPhones, iPods at His Home


bill-gatesBill Gates’s sprawling Washington state compound is, as you might expect, packed to the gills with bleeding-edge gear, from the heated floors and 20-seat home theater to the X-ray machine (for screening the mail, of course) and miles of fiber-optic cabling. But here’s what you definitely won’t find at chez Gates: an iPhone. In the latest issue of Vogue, Bill’s wife, Melinda Gates, reveals that among the “very few things” on “the banned list in our household” are – you guessed it – iPods and iPhones. Brutal, yes – especially for Bill and Melinda’s three kids (two daughters and a son, aged 12, six, and nine, respectively), who’ll just have to grin and bear it as their little pals make merry with the latest and greatest iPod.And even Melinda herself admits to an occasional pang of Apple envy: “Every now and then I look at my friends and say, ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone.'”

Then again, what else did we expect from Microsoft founder Bill Gates? The man has his pride, not to mention scores of Windows Mobile and Zune team members who’d probably feel a tad bit hurt if Bill Jr. was running around with an iPhone.

{Yahoo News/ Newscenter}