Another reason to be grateful your dad isn’t Bill Gates. His kids aren’t allowed to get iPods or iPhones.

Crotchety old fathers who worked their whole lives slaving away in a Ford automobile plant not letting their kids drive a Toyota is one thing, but this is something else. Bill Gates doesn’t allow his kids to buy those most desirable items produced by Microsoft arch-rival Apple, the iPhone and iPod.

“There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household,” Gates wifey Melinda told Vogue. “But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.”

I wonder if the No Apple rule also applies to game consoles, but I’d imagine that the Wii would probably be okay with Bill (though it does look like an Apple product). Either way, gotta feel sorry for those kids. Can you imagine having to go to school and seeing everyone with an iPod, and you can’t have one just because your dad is Bill Gates and he forces you to bring your Zune to school everyday?

You almost have to feel even worse for Melinda Gates, who, though she doesn’t have to worry about what her classmates are going to think of her, clearly thinks having an iPhone wouldn’t be so shabby.

“Every now and then I look at my friends and say ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone,'” she admitted.

Sorry, Melinda. No iPhones. House rules.

[Via Gizmodo]

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