Melinda Gates Biography - Profile
Biography - Information
Gates is the wife of the richest
man in the world, which makes her one of
powerful women in the world according
to the Forbes business magazine (ranked
12th in 2006). Along with her husband she
founded the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation and continues
to spend much of her time working in the
She was born in Dallas Texas in 1964 as
Melinda Ann French. Melinda received her
bachelors degree in economics and computer
science at the Duke University in Durham,
North Carolina. She then went on to receive
an MBA (Master of Business Administration)
from the Duke University's Fuqua School
of Business in 1987.
In the same year she also started working
at Microsoft where she would meet her future
husband. Melinda worked her way into the
position of General Manager of Information
Products. Bill and Melinda also met that
year and were married on the 1st of January,
The couple started the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation in 2000 with $106 million.
It has now grown to become one of the largest
charitable foundations in the world. Melinda
is very active in the foundation as a co-chairperson
with her husband.
Melinda's responsibilities at the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation involves working
on strategies to pursue, promoting the issues
that they seek to solve, and reviewing the
results that they achieve. Bill Gates still
works with Microsoft, but plans to leave
the software company soon to devote all
of his time to the foundation.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims
to improve health condition worldwide, eliminate
poverty in some of the world's poorest regions,
to promote education, and to provide technology
In 2005 Time magazine chose Bill and Melinda
Gates (along with U2's Bono) as Person
of the Year. The magazine celebrated
the charitable works that the trio were
giving to the world.
Bill and Melinda Gates have three children
together; Jennifer Katharine Gates born
in 1996, Rory John Gates born in 1999, and
Phoebe Adele Gates born in 2002.
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Melinda Gates Quotes
started our foundation because we believe
we have a real opportunity to help advance
equity around the world.. to help make
sure that, no matter where a person is
born, he or she has the chance to live
a healthy, productive life.
Gates - Help
A woman with a voice is by definition
a strong woman. But the search to find
that voice can be remarkably difficult.
Its complicated by the fact that
in most nations women receive substantially
less education than men.
Gates - Education
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