Melinda Gates Biography
This is what you need to know about Melinda Ann Gates, well-known as Melinda Gates. She is an American philanthropist and a former general manager at Microsoft. She and her former husband Bill Gates co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. Through the foundation, she led an early 21st-century vaccination campaign which significantly contributed to the eradication of the wild poliovirus in Africa.
Melinda Gates Age
Gates is 56 years old as of 2020, born as Melinda Ann French on August 15, 1964, in Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Melinda Gates Height
Gates stands at a height of 1.68 m.
Melinda Gates Husband
In 1987, Melinda began dating Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, after meeting him at a trade fair in New York. The couple married in a private ceremony held in Lanai, Hawaii in 1994.
Melinda Gates Children
Melinda and her husband Bill have three children named Jennifer, Phoebe, and Rory Gates. The family lives in Xanadu 2.0, an earth-sheltered mansion overlooking Lake Washington in Medina, Washington.
Melinda Gates Divorce
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates are splitting up after 27 years. The announcement comes two years after Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, said he and his wife, MacKenzie, were getting divorced. Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are among the world’s richest people, and Amazon and Microsoft compete in the cloud computing business.
Melinda Gates Net Worth
Gates the Philanthropist/billionaire and wife of Microsoft Mogul Bill Gates, Melinda Gates has a reported net worth of $70 billion.
Melinda Gates Career
Her first job was tutoring children in mathematics and computer programming. After graduation, Melinda became a marketing manager with Microsoft, being responsible for the development of various multimedia products. These included Cinemania, Encarta, Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Money, Works (Macintosh), and Word.
Melinda worked on Expedia, which became one of the most popular travel booking websites. In the early 1990s, she was appointed as General Manager of Information Products, a position which she held until 1996. She left Microsoft that year, reportedly, to focus on starting a family.
From 1996 to 2003, Gates served as a member of Duke University’s Board of Trustees. Melinda attends the annual Bilderberg Group conference and has held a seat on the Board of Directors of The Washington Post Company since 2004. She was also on the board of directors at Drugstore.com but left in August 2006 to focus on philanthropy projects.
Since 2000, she has been active in the public eye, stating “As I thought about strong women of history, I realized that they stepped out in some way”. This has helped her work become recognized while shaping and delivering the goals of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill and Melinda have donated US$28 billion to the Foundation.
Melinda Gates Books
- The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World