May 28, 2023


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Which smartphones do tech billionaires use?

Microsoft Corporation Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates, holds a new Treo phone during a press conference to announce a strategic alliance to expand the smartphone market with a new line of Treo smartphones from Verizon Wireless. (Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images)

Bill Gates using a Treo phone from Verizon Wireless. (PHOTO: Getty)

SINGAPORE — Ever wondered if celebrities actually use the brands they endorse? Aren’t you sometimes curious to know whether those who are responsible for all the technology the world uses, are in fact using it themselves?

What cars does Tesla CEO Elon Musk drive? Does Jeff Bezos depend on Alexa to know about the weather? What is Bill Gates’ favourite Operating System? How does Mark Zuckerberg maintain data privacy?

We’d all like a peek into the personal lives of tech honchos, but not all information is available in the public domain.

Although, once in a while tech billionaires have shared tiny details about which brand of smartphones they use and surely you would be curious to know if you’re using the same, wouldn’t you? Take a look.

Bill Gates

Given the integrations between Android and Microsoft’s software, most of Gates’ devices are primarily Android ones.

The co-founder of Microsoft, however, keeps an iPhone handy in the event he wants to use it for any reason. But at all other times he has a day-to-day Android device. 

The iPhone device he uses is said to be outdated (iPhone 5S until recently), and he uses it only to stay abreast of the difference using an iPhone can make as compared to an Android device.

Jeff Bezos holds up an Amazon’s Fire Phone at the product launch.

Does the world’s richest man use a Samsung smartphone or Amazon’s Fire Phone? (PHOTO: Getty)

Jeff Bezos

The Amazon owner and founder used a Blackberry phone back in 2012 and was last seen using a Samsung handset, before he launched Amazon’s Fire Phone. Which phone he is presently using is a mystery.

Elon Must checks out his phone amidst a press conference. (Source: Getty)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is an iPhone user. (PHOTO: Getty)

Elon Musk

Though the Tesla CEO has never openly admitted to using any particular brand of phone, he has often mentioned the iPhone or iPad on several occasions during his interviews. From this we can only gather that he is in fact a fan of the iPhone, whichever version that may be.

Evan Spiegel, Founder of Snapchat at a press conference.

Snapchat Founder Evan Spiegel is an iPhone user. (PHOTO: Getty)

Evan Spiegel

The founder of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, is also an iPhone user. While his current device is as of yet unknown, not so long ago he revealed that he doesn’t use a case for his iPhone as he is very careful with his devices.

CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg examines his phone on a bright sunny day.

Mark Zuckerberg is an avid user of the iPhone. (PHOTO: Getty)

Mark Zuckerberg

But of course, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg uses the iPhone and it is believed that he receives free iPhones from Apple from time to time because of his personal connection with many Apple executives. Although we wonder if the CEO of the world’s wealthiest social media platforms really needs those freebies!

Tim Cook shows off the latest model of the iPhone.

Which phone do you think the CEO of Apple Tim Cook uses? (PHOTO: Getty)

Tim Cook

No prizes for guessing this one! The CEO of Apple uses nothing but iPhone and Apple products in general. He has been spotted using the latest iPhones in public several times. This is a true test of the faith one has in ones own products! But it would be interesting to know what Tim Cook thinks of Android phones we think.

File photo of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google.

The co-founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin use a variety of Android phones. (PHOTO: Getty)

Larry Page and Sergey Brin

The co-founders of Google use a variety of Android phones. Sergey Brin used to have a Nexus phone, but now he is likely to be carrying the Google Pixel. The first phone however, that Larry carried, was a Blackberry. Likely a Stanford EE380 version.

Wonder what their take on the iPhone is though!

File photo of former CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick presently uses an iphone. (PHOTO: Getty)

Travis Kalanick

The 45-year-old co-founder and former CEO of Uber has often been spotted whipping out his iPhone for use during public appearances. 

File photo of Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has roughly around 20-30 phones in his house. (PHOTO: Getty)

Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai bought his first smartphone in 2006 and his first ever phone, a Motorola StarTAC, in 1995. 

In a 2015 interview, Pichai had said he has about 20-30 phones in his house. We are guessing most or all of these phones are made by Google, especially since he has on occasion expressed concerns over privacy where any other brands are concerned.


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