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The divorce event of Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, has attracted a lot of attention not only from the media but also from “common people” around the world for many days.
Everyone is probably too familiar with the name of billionaire Bill Gates, the powerful man of Microsoft, but who is Mrs. Melinda?
Milestones in Melinda’s life
- In 1987, Ms. Melinda Gates joined Microsoft.
- In 1994, she and billionaire Bill Gates married. In the same year, she and Gates co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- In 2006, she restructured the organization.
- In 2012, she pledged $560 million to improve access to contraception for women in poor countries.
- In 2021, she and Bill Gates decided to divorce.
Melinda’s full name is Melinda Ann French. She was born on August 15, 1964 in Dallas, Texas, USA. She has 1 older sister and 2 younger brothers. Her father is Ray French – an aerospace engineer, her mother is Elaine French – a housewife.
Melinda’s mother did not attend college, so she was very focused on her child’s education.
Melinda became interested in computers while taking advanced math classes at Ursuline Academy, a Catholic school for girls. She continued to pursue this interest in college and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University in 1986. Later, at the same school, she graduated with a Master of Business, majoring in business. economic.
Working at Microsoft
In 1987, she started working at Microsoft Corporation as a product manager, focusing on developing multimedia products. Over 9 years working at Microsoft, she was promoted to the position of General Manager of Information Products. Products she has worked on include Expedia, Cinemania and Encarta.
Charity through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 1994, Melinda, Gates and Gates’ father founded the William H. Gates Foundation. In 1999, the foundation merged with two other charities, the Gates Library Foundation and the Gates Learning Foundation, and renamed it the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Although the organization’s original goal was to place computers and Microsoft products in libraries across the United States, over the years Melinda has expanded education innovation worldwide. In addition, the foundation also addresses issues of global poverty and health.
In 2006, a friend of Bill’s, Warren Buffet, donated $30 billion to the fund. With the desire to address the most urgent needs, Ms. Melinda restructured the organization, focusing on 3 main areas: global health, global development, education and the American community. One of the main goals of global health is to develop prevention strategies, vaccines and treatments for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation officially re-established its mission: “to improve equality in four areas: global health, education, and access to digital information through public libraries. and support families in need in Washington State and Oregon”. In 2012, Melinda pledged $560 million to improve access to contraception for women in impoverished countries.
Melinda and Gates are also committed to changing the state of education in America. Their foundation funds many students through the Gates Millennium Scholars scholarship program.
In 2015, Melinda and Gates showed support for progressive workplace policies by giving their employees one year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their philanthropic contributions.
In 2019 – the time of the COVID-19 epidemic in China – Melinda and Gates devoted considerable resources to bringing together leading pharmaceutical companies to contribute to vaccine development.
In 2019, Melinda’s book – The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World – was published. “How can we bring about a moment of sublimation for people – and especially for women? Because when you promote women, you promote humanity” – she wrote
In 1987, Melinda met Gates at a PC trade show in Manhattan. She marveled at his sense of humour. A few months later, they ran into a Microsoft parking lot, and Gates offered to invite her to dinner in two weeks. Melinda refused and gave Gates a phone number to ask him to call back closer to the date of the appointment. She did not expect that that very night, Bill Gates called her and asked to meet that night.
After six years of dating, Gates proposed to her. In 1994, they married on Laina Island, Hawaii. In 1996, she gave birth to her first daughter, Jennifer Katharine Gates. At that time, she decided to quit her job at Microsoft to focus on raising children and doing charity. Melinda and Gates went on to have two more children, Rory John and Phoebe Adele.
On May 4, 2021, Melinda and Bill Gates decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage.
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