Melinda Gates Denies Her Children the Sweet, Delicious Temptation of Apple Products

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In a terse exchange with the New York Times, Melinda Gates, wife of billionaire tech playboy William Gates, says she's all but banned Apple products from the Garden of Eden—er, her household.


It's a show of solidarity with her husband, the former head of Microsoft, who famously banned all Apple products from his company's campus when he presided there in his spartan Microsoft Office-equipped office back in 2005.

Business Insider has graciously excerpted the Apple-related answers from the interview, all of which are short enough to feel right at home in a Twitter feed:

Do you own an iPod, which is made by Apple?
No, I have a Zune.

What if one of your children says, "Mom, I have to have an iPod?"
I have gotten that argument - "You may have a Zune."

Do you have an iPad?
Of course not.

Is it true that Bill works on an Apple laptop?
False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep.

Isn't there room in this world for both Apple and Microsoft?
Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill.


Of course, Microsoft does indeed make products for the Mac, most notably Office, which Apple execs openly gushed over at the big Lion OS keynote last week.

The full (brief) interview is worth a read, as it is actually a profile of the very generous Melinda Gates who, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, oversees the largest private foundation in the world. Just don't expect that generosity to include free Apple products. [New York Times via Business Insider, Image: NYT]


I don't see what the big deal is. I have a business and do not use my competitors' products.

If I did, then I would be spending money in a way that could conceivably be used against my own venture— I'd be hurting my own livelihood. Even if the Gates' have the ability to simply not care, taking the approach of using their competitors materials would show a pretty nasty level of disregard for their employees who count on the company. (In concept if not in reality.)

This is not newsworthy. The idea that it is just shows how Apple-whipped Giz has become.

(Don't get me wrong; I read Giz religiously and am typing this on my iMac.)