Melinda French Gates, Bill Gates’ wife, is profiled and quoted in the March 2009 issue of Vogue. Here is an excerpt:
Bill and Melinda Gates live with their three children (two daughters, aged twelve and six, and a nine-year-old son) in an enormous mansion on the shores of Lake Washington that Gates began building long before he was even married. They are both deeply protective of their children’s privacy but do as much as possible, given the need for a certain amount of security, to ensure that they grow up normally.
Still, being a Microsoft child does carry unusual burdens. “There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household,” Gates tells me. “But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.” Harsh, perhaps, but understandable. After all, it’s hard to walk around tethered to merchandise made by your father’s most famous competitor. Still, Gates acknowledges the inevitable lure of forbidden fruit. “Every now and then I look at my friends and say, ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, one can have all of the ill-gotten gains in the world, give away lots of it in a vain attempt to secure a ticket to heaven while being praised for it by some, and still be a vindictive, pig-headed, sore loser.
Joe Six-Pack has an iPhone, his wife has an iPod touch, his kids both have iPod nanos, and last autumn he bought an iMac running Mac OS X Leopard for the family. But, Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men, is not only forced by his own ego to use some piece of crap Windows Mobile phone, an also-ran music player, a third-rate music service, and an OS that’s clearly an upside-down, backwards, failed attempt at an Apple Mac knock off, but to also doom his wife and children to the same fate.
Gates can afford to have the finest homes and the best cars, but in his very own field, technology, he must settle for second and third-rate hardware and software. Welcome to the So-So.
Bwahahahaha! Bill Gates is stuck using a Motorola phone trying to run Windows Mobile, a Dell struggling with Windows Vista, and attempting to squirt his wife and kids with his Zune. There is a God.