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IPhone is out of Melinda Gates' reach

The wife of the Microsoft Corp. founder acknowledged her iPhone envy to Vogue, but said the couple had a policy against the Apple devices.

March 04, 2009|David Colker

One of the richest women in the world covets an iPhone. But she's not allowed to have one.

Melinda Gates -- yes, of the Microsoft Corp. Gates family -- is quoted in the latest issue of Vogue magazine as saying, "Every now and then I look at my friends and say, 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone.' "

However, she and husband Bill Gates -- who co-founded the Microsoft empire, which is of course the archenemy of Apple Inc. -- have a policy against iPods and iPhones.

"There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household," Melinda Gates said. "But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids."

Which probably makes the Gates offspring the only ones at school with Microsoft's Zune music players. Poor kids.

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david.colker@latimes.com

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