Melinda French Gates was born on August 15, 1964, and today, we want to celebrate and honor everything she has done over the years. Gates is not only skilled in technology but also a big supporter of the equality of women and girls worldwide. She is also the co-founder of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Gates Foundation, and published a book in 2019 called “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.” Gates’ charitable efforts are globally recognized and earned her several awards.
Melinda French Gates was born on August 15, 1964, in Dallas, Texas. Her father, Raymond Joseph French, was an aerospace engineer and her mother, Elaine Agnes Amerland, was a stay-at-home mom. When Gates was 14, her father purchased the first computer ever sold to customers, the Apple II computer, on which she learned programming and continued her love for technology and science when she attended Ursuline Academy. In the early 1980s, Gates graduated from Duke University with her bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in business.
Gates received an opportunity to work for I.B.M. after graduating. Nevertheless, she declined the position to work for Microsoft, a smaller corporation, where she was the youngest hire and the only woman with a business degree in her group of 10. She first met Bill Gates at a P.C. Expo trade exhibition in New York City the year he joined Microsoft. Beginning her career as a marketing manager, she created several multimedia products, including Microsoft Cinemania, Publisher, Word, and Expedia.com. In the early 1990s, Gates got promoted to General Manager of Information Products and held that position until she stepped down from her career with the birth of her first child Jennifer in 1996. Her advocacy and philanthropic work started when she co-founded the Gates Library Foundation with Bill, which later was renamed the Gates Learning Foundation.
In her debut book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World,” Gates exposes us to the women she’s encountered along the way after years of travel, humanitarian work, and in-depth research. To combat pay inequity and assist female founders in the U.S. in 2019, she founded Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubator.
Gates starts working at Microsoft as a marketing manager and meets her ex-husband, Bill, owner of Microsoft.
Gates is promoted from marketing manager to general manager of information products,
Gates serves on the Board of Trustees for Duke University.
Gates welcomes her first child into the world and decides to step down from her career to focus on her daughter.
The Gates Library Foundation is established and becomes one of the most profitable charity foundations in the world.
Gates gives us an in-depth insight into her world when she publishes her first book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.”
Why We Love Melinda Gates
She’s a successful mother
When Gates gave birth to their first child, she eventually quit her career. She chose this because, like many women, she believed that caring for her children came first. However, Gates’ career was not over as a result, if anything she was motivated to focus her energies on the non-profit sector. She also made an effort to infuse her particular perspective as a woman and a mother into her work.
With $106 million, Gates and her husband co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The foundation is now one of the biggest humanitarian oganisations in the world. Gates's single-minded conviction that no life on Earth is more valued than any other has been the basis of her long-term advocacy.
Her love for women's rights
Gates has taken her philanthropic endeavors to the next level as a global advocate for women and girls. Gates established Pivotal Ventures in 2015 as an investment and incubation firm intending to advance social development for American women, families, and people of color.
5 Surprising Facts
The job she turned down
Gates was offered a job at I.B.M. but turned it down to work at Microsoft.
Love at first sight
Gates and Bill met for the first time at a P.C. Expo Trade show in New York.
The London Summit
Gates led the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012, which focused on making affordable contraceptives, information, and services available for women and children in poor countries.
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Gates earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.
Her passion started early
Gates’ passion for science and technology started when her father bought the Apple II computer.
Melinda Gates FAQs
How much money did Melinda Gates have?
After her divorce last year, Gates walked away with at least $6.3 billion worth of stock in various companies that had been transferred to her by her ex-husband.
How many biological children do Bill and Melinda Gates have?
They have three children.
How much will the Gates children inherit?
Out of his $96 billion net worth, Bill intends to leave $10 million to each of his three children as an inheritance. He plans to donate 99.97% of his money to charity.
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