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Bill Gates Gladly Admits That He's a Geek, And His Kids Are Still Banned From Apple Products

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I wanna be a Bill Gates so freakin' bad...

Those of us familiar with the western world know who is Bill Gates. Our association with him is likely still to Microsoft, but he's doing far different work these days as a philanthropist.

The Daily Mail scored an interview with the world's second richest man, who talked about his family and what consumes his days these days. Just imagine Bill Gates rocking in his chair and singing "I wanna be a billionaire so freakin' bad. Buy all the things I never had. I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine. Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen..."

That Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars hit is something that his three kids use to tease him, but they won't be getting their wish unless they make it themselves. Gates' children Jennifer, 15, Rory, 12, and Phoebe, nine are believed to be getting 'only' $10 million each in inheritance.

Gates would not give an exact number, but he did say, "It will be a minuscule portion of my wealth. It will mean they have to find their own way.

"They will be given an unbelievable education and that will all be paid for. And certainly anything related to health issues we will take care of. But in terms of their income, they will have to pick a job they like and go to work. They are normal kids now. They do chores, they get pocket money."

As for why not leave them his remaining billions? He said, "I don’t think that amount of money would be good for them."

Neither are Apple products, as his iPhones, iPods and iPads are banned from the household: "They have the Windows equivalent. They have a Zune music player, which is a great Windows portable player. They are not deprived children."

The Gates Foundation is focusing on vaccinations for malaria, which to him is a more effective target for him – he said "You get more bang for your buck" – rather than seeking a cure for cancer.

"The motto of the foundation is that every life has equal value. There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer," he continued. "When you die of malaria aged three it’s different from being in your seventies, when you might die of a heart attack or you might die of cancer. And the world is putting massive amounts into cancer, so my wealth would have had a meaningless impact on that."

So is Gates a geek?

"Hey, if being a geek means you’re willing to take a 400-page book on vaccines and where they work and where they don’t, and you go off and study that and you use that to challenge people to learn more, then absolutely. I’m a geek. I plead guilty. Gladly."

Read the full interview on the Daily Mail.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , June 14, 2011 1:11 PM
    He's a good man. I'm only 18, but I do agree on how he raises his kids! Well done Bill, I'm proud of you, I like your thinking.
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    thrasher32 , June 14, 2011 1:45 PM
    Steve Jobs should take the Bill Gates course on how to be a human being.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2011 1:13 PM
    I hope this means we won't be seeing his kids joining in on this ridiculous reality TV bandwagon.
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  • 34 Hide
    N.Broekhuijsen , June 14, 2011 1:11 PM
    He's a good man. I'm only 18, but I do agree on how he raises his kids! Well done Bill, I'm proud of you, I like your thinking.
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    Anonymous , June 14, 2011 1:13 PM
    I hope this means we won't be seeing his kids joining in on this ridiculous reality TV bandwagon.
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    moonshire , June 14, 2011 1:19 PM
    I agree! Good job Bill! Keep up the good work!
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    plznote , June 14, 2011 1:20 PM
    It's great he does not spoil his children.
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    Marco925 , June 14, 2011 1:23 PM
    It is expected to ban apple products with bill gates. why buy from the competition?
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    icepick314 , June 14, 2011 1:24 PM
    btw...I thought it was given AND old news that Gates' kids don't have Apple products AND they have to work for themselves...

    and so what people calls him geek, nerd, weirdo, ect....he's a RICH geek, nerd, weirdo, ect...

    and too many people, especially the descendents of the affluent family, think they somehow deserve from the works of their previous generation when all they have is the family name...

    good for Gates to make their children work for living instead of living off the family fortune...
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    fausto , June 14, 2011 1:34 PM
    I have always admired Bill Gates. he is so right on this.
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    rodney_ws , June 14, 2011 1:36 PM
    I could "find my own way" in life with $10 million.
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    ProDigit10 , June 14, 2011 1:41 PM
    Are they also banned to use android?
    If they have to rely on Windows, they're in real bad luck! LOL!
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    thrasher32 , June 14, 2011 1:45 PM
    Steve Jobs should take the Bill Gates course on how to be a human being.
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    back_by_demand , June 14, 2011 1:47 PM
    Bill Gates will be viewed in centuries to come not as a rich business man but as a great humanitarian.

    If the foundation works the way it's supposed to he will have saved literally millions of lives.

    Someone ring Nobel and put up for a nomination.
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    macewrox , June 14, 2011 1:52 PM
    thrasher32Steve Jobs should take the Bill Gates course on how to be a human being.

    Lol'd so hard
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    rantoc , June 14, 2011 2:22 PM
    mayankleoboy1stevie may be more human than bill , but his policies are less humane


    If a corpse looking figure with the glare of a car salesman is the general definition of human well, the world is SOO screwed!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 14, 2011 2:37 PM
    Banned kids from Apple? Nice, but for wrong reasons. Instead of explaining them how there're better alternatives, he just makes them use Zune =) Lol.

    Okay, so Gates stole DOS from someone else, it's common knowledge by now. So what? Any businessman out there who wouldn't do the same? Grow up... there're no saints in business. Besides, I don't care where he stole it, Windows has been kicking ass so far :D 
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    back_by_demand , June 14, 2011 2:45 PM
    If Bill stole DOS he has given more back than he took, and certainly given more back than any other company would have if they had been in the driving seat.

    This is more like Robin Hood.
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    jdamon113 , June 14, 2011 3:04 PM
    I have been in IT for years, and remember when Bill was just an everyday person, Than in 92-96 he became The Bill Gates everyone knows. I have read many books. Never had the chance to meet him, but that would be great. I think he is one of the most stand up persons, say what you want, but Gates is the Man.........

    Good job Bill... as an IT person. Many of us miss your input.
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