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

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • lol!
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    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.
  • I hope this means we won't be seeing his kids joining in on this ridiculous reality TV bandwagon.
  • I agree! Good job Bill! Keep up the good work!
  • plznote
    It's great he does not spoil his children.
  • Marco925
    It is expected to ban apple products with bill gates. why buy from the competition?
  • NuclearShadow
    So... umm Bill... hi... I am your long lost Son, and I wouldn't mind that 10 million inheritance. Not even enough to worry about a DNA test right?
  • icepick314
    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...
  • fausto
    I have always admired Bill Gates. he is so right on this.
  • rodney_ws
    I could "find my own way" in life with $10 million.